Today in Sports History [9/27/1983] – Tim Raines Steals 70 & Drives In 70 Runs
On this day in 1983, Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos became the first player since Ty Cobb to steal 70 & drive in 70 runs. Raines went 3-for-4 with a HR‚ a stolen base‚ and 4 RBI in Montreal’s 10-4 win over St. Louis.
In 1983, Raines stole a career high of 90 bases, the second-best total in franchise history, and scored 133 runs, a franchise record. In each season from 1981 to 1986, Raines stole at least 70 bases.
In a 23-year career, Raines played in 2,502 games accumulating 2,605 hits in 8,872 at bats for a .294 career batting average along with 170 home runs, 980 runs batted in, a .385 on base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage.
He ended his career with a .988 fielding percentage. He led the National League in stolen bases each season from 1981 to 1984, with a career high of 90 steals in 1983.
Raines also led the National League in runs scored twice (1983 and 1987). Raines batted over .300 in five full seasons and over .320 from 1985 to 1987, winning the 1986 National League batting title with a .334 average.
He also had six full seasons with an on base percentage above .390. With 808 steals in his career, Raines has the fourth-highest total in major league history, behind Rickey Henderson, Lou Brock and Ty Cobb.