Photo: Stealing Second Base. Literally.

Embiggen. Go on. Trust me.

The incredible moment in time — October 7, 1978, as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate winning the pennant — was captured by Los Angeles Times photographer Larry Sharkey.

After hitting his run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th, the Dodgers mob shortstop Bill Russell. During the celebration, several fans also rushed the field. One was caught by Sharkey trying to steal second base as a souvenir. The unidentified fan ended up the next morning all over Southern California on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. … Additional information on the fan — especially if he got away with second base — was not found in The Times’ archive.

I choose to live my life believing that the unidentified fan definitely got away with second base, making for one helluva souvenir, and story, over the past thirty-plus years.

H/T: It’s a long season.



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Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter.


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GTW
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GTW

Forget about second base, they’re going for the rosin bag!

Danmay
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Danmay

There’s competition too.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

Caught stealing.

Mac
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Mac

Everyone’s yapping about the base-stealer. But is anyone concerned that young rookie Bob Welch is fighting off a fan trying to steal his rosin bag?

ANONYMOUS BASE STEALER
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ANONYMOUS BASE STEALER

yo. i am the anonymous base stealer!! i still have “the base” and proudly tell my story whenever i can………..it has always been a big hit – for more than 33 years. there will never be more fun dodgers teams than those of the late 1970,s and 1980’s………….

Jan Spector
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It was one of the greatest days of our ives. Just don’t forget who hid it and carried it out of the Stadium with out getting caught. I was also a friend of mine who took the photo in the times. The biggest star of all was the guy who went out and got it. We planned it and he had the Kutzpah to do it. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

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