My Years as a Sportswriter

Welcome      About Me      Photography       Assorted Pieces      Puente F Street Murders      Featuring . . .       The Sporting Life      

Police Blotter          Concert Reviews          Steve's Best ofs          I Was There          Make a Comment

Closing in on Base-Stealing Record/Sacramento Union/Aug. 28, 1980

This was a really nice, seemingly feel-good story when it happened in Lodi, as he went on to steal an incredible 120 bases. Al Wiggins went on to a distinguished major league career, starting for the Padres during their 1984 World Series appearance. But his career and life was cut short by cocaine and, eventually, AIDS, as he became known as the first professional athlete to die of that disease.