Not only is Kenny Lofton's speed breathtaking when he hauls in a drive to the gap or stretches a double into a triple, but he has also risen to stardom with stunning rapidity. He's one of only three players ever to bat .285 or higher in his first season as a major league regular and then improve his average by at least 20 points in each of the next two seasons (minimum 400 at bats each year). The other players—Elmer Flick of the Philadelphia Phillies and Honus Wagner of the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates—had their first 400-at-bat season in 1898.
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