ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals has set the major league record for assists by a first baseman, getting his 185th of the year in the regular-season finale loss against Milwaukee.
Pujols topped the record set by Boston's Bill Buckner in 1985, flipping to pitcher Joel Pineiro covering the bag on Jody Gerut's groundout leading off the fifth. He earlier eclipsed the National League record of 180 assists by Mark Grace of the Cubs in 1990.
Pujols, a Gold Glove winner in 2006, received a long standing ovation after the Cardinals announced the achievement on a scoreboard. He tipped his cap twice while the Brewers' Ryan Braun stepped out of the batter's box to allow Pujols his due.