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Image result for otis nixon baseballIn the eighth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on May 3, 2009, Carl Crawford steals his sixth base of the game to become the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

The 27 year-old perennial American League stolen base champ joins Eddie Collins (twice 1912 – A’s ), Otis Nixon (Braves – 1991), and Eric Young (Rockies – 1996) as the only players to pilfer a half dozen bags in a contest since 1900.

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Joseph Wilbur “Billy Joe” Adcock passed away on May 3, 1999. Joe was a first baseman and right-handed batter, best known for his years with the Milwaukee Braves (now the Atlanta Braves) teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats. A sure-handed defensive player, he also retired with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman (.994). His nickname “Billy Joe” was modeled after Vanderbilt University basketball star “Billy Joe Adcock” and was popularized by Vin Scully.

 

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