PITTSBURGH -- It appears that a Reds rookie stealing 54 bases happens only once a century. In the seventh inning of Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Pirates, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton swiped second following an infield single. It gave Hamilton 54 stolen bases, tying the 105-year-old rookie record set by Bob Bescher in 1909.
Bescher also holds the Reds' single-season stolen base record of 81, set in 1911.
Before the game, Hamilton was not aware he was on the verge of setting a club record.
"It's not about records or numbers ... you want to win," Hamilton said. "Records are good things, but I realize the year I tried to break the record in Double-A (155 steals in 2012), I was thinking about it so much that it actually slowed me down. I went back to playing the game and it just happened."
Hamilton's stolen base total is the most for any Reds player since Deion Sanders swiped 56 bases in 1997.