The stolen base is a fascinating baseball play, presenting an opportunity for the offence to literally take away what belongs to the defence. Not just ball games but entire World Series have turned on the stolen base. This volume traces the history of the stolen base and stealing in the major leagues from its humble beginnings right up through to its current status as an indispensable part of a team's offence. Also covered are the players who were synonymous with base stealing: Ty Cobb, Luis Aparicio, Maury Wills, Lou Brock, Rickey Henderson, and others. The most memorable steals in baseball history are also recalled.