Leadoff hitter for the Hankyu Braves, Yutaka
Fukumoto used his blazing speed to run away with 13 consecutive
stolen base crowns. His .781 stolen base percentage is higher
than notable MLB thieves Ty
Cobb, Maury Wills,
and Lou Brock.
Only Rickey Henderson
has more career stolen bases than Fukumoto's 1065.
Also an outstanding center fielder, Fukumoto
won 12 consecutive Golden Gloves. He also batted over .300 seven
times over his 20 year career (1970-90), compiling a lifetime
batting average of .291, with 1656 runs scored, 449 doubles, 115
triples, and 208 home runs.