This system only includes double-steals when the runner in question was the lead runner. I also excluded all opportunities and attempts to steal home.
Of the top 100 base stealers since 1950, here are those who ran at least 20% of the time:
ALL-TIME RUN% LEADERS MIN 245 SB
So Coleman is #1, big whoop. And naturally Ricky Henderson is there, Lou Brock and even Willie Wilson. But wanted I really wanted to see is the Miguel Dilone types. And as you can see, I got my wish. There are a handful of guys on this list that I am not familiar with.
Dilone posted a career OPS of .648, and exceeded an OPS+ over 100 just once. That was his fantastic 1980 season in which he hit .341 /.375 /.432 with 61 stolen bases, after which he promptly returned to replacement level.
Morbid curiosity leads me to wonder which of the top 100 were the worst at stealing bases, and how often they attempted it. I found 7 players that were caught stealing more than 30% of the time. Of that group, Luis Polonia ran the most often, at 18%:
LOWEST SB% MIN 245 CAREER SB
Does a Rod Carew as #1 surprise you? It sure as hell surprised me. Wasn't he the guy back in the day? I mean even the Beastie Boys are all about him. And just as I was really starting to like Brett Butler from previous posts, he shows up here. I think it would be best if I just moved along and forgot this whole thing.
Shortly after I ran this query, I asked a few people how often they would have guessed Ricky Henderson attempted to steal if he had an open base in front of him, and nearly everyone said about 75%. It's sort of amazing the sort of impression Ricky has left on us. It really is one of complete and utter fear.
So possibly, Ricky ran much more often in is peak?
RICKY HENDERSON RUN% BY SEASON
As it turns out, in his age-23 season Ricky ran a maddening 43% of the time there was an open base ahead of him. We can also see that Ricky's career RUN% is severely dragged down by his later years. For a seven year stretch from '82-'89 Henderson was consistently running over 30% of the time. Had he not maintained the offensive production to sustain playing time into his twilight years, his RUN% would have been just as high as Vince Coleman. (Coleman, incidentally, never ran more than 38% of the time in a single season.)
Where does Ricky's 43 RUN% in his 1982 season rank among he top-100 then? Second.
HIGHEST RUN% SEASONS