Robert Henry Bescher (1884-1942) set a still-standing Cincinnati Reds record and a National League record for stolen bases (81) in 1911, which stood until 1962 when Maury Wills swiped 104. Bob was a speedy left fielder for 11 years with the Cincinnati Reds (1908-1913), the New York Giants (1914), the St. Louis Cardinals (1915-1917) and the Cleveland Indians (1918). Bescher led the National League four consecutive times in stolen bases from 1909 to 1912 amassing 272 in four years. In 1912, he also led the league in runs scored as he batted .281 with 154 hits finishing fifth in MVP voting. Bob’s speed was an asset in the outfield as well as he posted a .960 career fielding percentage with 2,493 putouts, 137 assists, 28 double plays and 137 errors on 2,739 chances. Bob Bescher batted .258 with 1,171 hits, 749 runs, 428 stolen bases and 345 RBI over his 11-year career. He finished his playing career in the minor leagues, playing into his forties and retiring in 1925.
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