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Granderson's 20th steal puts Tigers center fielder in select company

DETROIT -- Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson joined
Willie Mays and Frank "Wildfire" Schulte as the only players in
major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples
and 20 doubles.

Granderson stole his 20th base Sunday in the first inning
against the Seattle Mariners, and received a rousing, standing
ovation from fans in the stands and teammates in the dugout at
Detroit's Comerica Park. He acknowledged fans by nodding his head
and waving his hand in each direction of the ballpark.

"It's been crazy, the past couple weeks as people have been
talking about it and I've been learning more about it," Granderson
said after Seattle beat Detroit 14-7. "When it finally happened,
it was great. I thank the crowd for their reaction, and my
teammates as well.

"I'm glad it's finally over. Now, we have to go ahead and try
to get to the playoffs."

The defending AL champions trail the New York Yankees by four
games in the wild-card race, and are one game ahead of Seattle.

Schulte was the first to accomplish the feat in 1911 while
playing for the Chicago Cubs, and Mays did it in 1957 with the New
York Giants.

Granderson is awed by earning a spot in baseball history next
with Mays.

"It's amazing just to be mentioned in the same breath with him,
being the baseball icon that he is," Granderson said. "But I
still have a long way to go to continue to be mentioned in a lot of
categories with him."

Granderson has 22 triples -- the most by a Tiger since Ty Cobb
had 24 in 1917 -- and 36 doubles. He hit his 20th homer Friday,
becoming the sixth player since 1900 in the 20-20-20 club and the
first since Kansas City's George Brett in 1979.

Schulte and Granderson are the only two players in baseball
history with at least 30 doubles, 20 stolen bases, 20 homers and 20
triples. Schulte finished with 30 doubles, 23 stolen bases, 21 home
runs and 21 triples nearly a century ago.

In just his second full season in the majors, the likable
Granderson has become a favorite of fans, teammates and manager Jim
Leyland.

"He's a class act, all the way," Leyland said.