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Jose Altuve running toward history

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jose Altuve stealing bases is a rather common occurrence.
Jose Altuve stealing bases is a rather common occurrence. (USATSI)

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Diminutive Astros leadoff man Jose Altuve is surely headed to his second All-Star Game in just his third straight season. He leads the majors in hits while pacing the AL in average and steals. That impressive batting line? .347/.386/.452. Not too shabby. He also has 36 stolen bases.

On that front, let us expand a bit. Altuve swiped two bases Sunday and it marked the fourth consecutive game that he stole at least two.

Guess how many times in history that has happened before?

Once.

Ray Chapman -- most famous for dying when being hit in the head with a pitch in 1920 -- stole at least two bases in four straight games from Sept. 24-28, 1917. That's it. No one else has ever done it (with data only available back to 1914). Not Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines, Lou Brock or Maury Wills. No one else. Until Altuve in 2014.

The Astros next face the Seattle Mariners, with rookie Taijuan Walker making his 2014 MLB debut. Opposing baserunners have stolen 43 bases in 61 attempts against Mariners catchers.

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