Minor Leaguer Becomes 1st Player in Baseball History to Steal First Base

July 15, 2019

On Saturday, a minor league player became the first pro baseballer in history to successfully steal first base, Deadspin reports. Tony Thomas, an outfielder for the Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, took advantage of a midseason rule change that lets players attempt first-base steals if a pitcher fails to catch a ball "in flight." "It was just something I never thought I'd be a part of," Thomas said after the game. "I tried to find a way to get our team on base and the opportunity presented itself. It wasn't something that I thought about going into." The new rule was put in place by both Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Even better, the Blue Crabs went on to beat the Lancaster Barnstormers, 7-2.