62 Facts About Kenny Lofton


Kenny Lofton was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and at retirement, was ranked 15th among all-time stolen base leaders with 622.

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Kenny Lofton attended the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship.

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Kenny Lofton did not join the school's baseball team until his junior year.

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Kenny Lofton made 11 postseason appearances, including World Series appearances in 1995 and 2002 with the Indians and Giants, respectively.

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From 2001 to 2007, Kenny Lofton did not spend more than one consecutive season with a team.

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Kenny Lofton holds the all-time postseason stolen base record with 34, having broken Rickey Henderson's record in 2007.

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Kenny Lofton was raised by his widowed grandmother, Rosie Person, in East Chicago, Indiana.

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Kenny Lofton's mother moved to Alabama after she graduated and lost contact with Lofton during his childhood.

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Kenny Lofton refused to go on welfare, but did collect Social Security as a result from her husband's death in 1960.

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When Kenny Lofton made the majors, he built a new home in East Chicago for his grandmother and other family members.

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Kenny Lofton attended Washington High School in East Chicago and played on the school's baseball team as a pitcher and center fielder.

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Kenny Lofton is the uncle of the actor Cirroc Kenny Lofton, who played Jake Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Kenny Lofton accepted a scholarship from the University of Arizona to play college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats.

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Kenny Lofton was the starting point guard the following year when the Wildcats made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Kenny Lofton is one of only two men to play in a college basketball Final Four and an MLB World Series.

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Kenny Lofton decided to try out for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team during his junior year.

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Kenny Lofton played in just five baseball games and recorded only one official at-bat while at Arizona, but his speed and potential were recognized by baseball scouts, including the Houston Astros' Clark Crist.

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Kenny Lofton played minor-league baseball during the summer while completing his basketball eligibility at Arizona.

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Kenny Lofton earned a degree in studio production at the University of Arizona while playing minor-league baseball for the Houston Astros.

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Kenny Lofton struggled early in his professional baseball career in the Astros farm system.

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Kenny Lofton's 66 stolen bases broke the all-time record for an AL rookie and was the most by an MLB rookie since Vince Coleman stole 110 in 1985.

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Indians first base coach Dave Nelson helped Kenny Lofton refine his baserunning technique and helped him learn how to be successful with bunting.

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Over his career, Kenny Lofton became one of the best bunters in baseball history.

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Kenny Lofton finished second in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.

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The following season, Kenny Lofton broke his own Cleveland single-season stolen bases record, recording 70.

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Kenny Lofton was selected to his first career All-Star Game during the 1994 season.

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Kenny Lofton always had good speed, but got lousy jumps and didn't run the bases well.

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Kenny Lofton finished fourth in Most Valuable Player Award voting.

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Kenny Lofton has the opportunity to be a George Brett-type player here, someone who is synonymous with a franchise.

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Kenny Lofton's 54 stolen bases led the AL for the third consecutive season.

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In 2010, a few years into his retirement, Kenny Lofton stated he felt it was the toughest postseason loss of his 11 career playoff appearances, namely because he felt the umpires had favorable strike zones for Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

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Kenny Lofton led the AL in stolen bases for five straight seasons and set the single-season Indians' franchise stolen base record.

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For Kenny Lofton, considered "the centerpiece of the Indians' 1990s revival", it was a return to the National League.

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For Kenny Lofton, who was eligible for free agency at the end of the season, it was his only season with the Braves.

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Kenny Lofton, who was considered the "most sought-after free agent" following the 1997 season, returned to the AL and Cleveland Indians when he signed a three-year, $24 million contract.

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Kenny Lofton tied for third-most number of hits and strikeouts and his 27 at-bats led the Indians.

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In Game 5, Kenny Lofton dislocated his left shoulder and tore his rotator cuff while diving into first base.

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Kenny Lofton tied an Indians' franchise single-game record with five stolen bases and won the game with a 13th-inning walk-off home run.

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Kenny Lofton hit 66 RBIs on the regular season, but failed to record 20 stolen bases for the first time in his major-league career and batted a career-low.

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Kenny Lofton had been treated for a rib cage problem that had affected his play before the All-Star break.

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Kenny Lofton became a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

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White Sox general manager Kenny Williams had stated when Lofton was healthy, like he was during the second half of the 2001 season, Chicago had obtained one of the best leadoff hitters in the game.

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Giants manager Dusty Baker considered bringing a right-handed hitter to pinch-hit for Kenny Lofton, but decided against doing so on the advice of his 3-year-old son.

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The Angels took game seven the following night, with Kenny Lofton flying out to Darin Erstad in center to end that game and the World Series, and for the second time in his career, Kenny Lofton had lost a World Series.

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Kenny Lofton was again on the move when on December 23,2003, the New York Yankees signed him to a two-year, $6.

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Kenny Lofton, who appeared in 83 games with the Yankees, felt manager Joe Torre did not use his skills appropriately.

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Toward the end of his career, Kenny Lofton was featured in a DHL Express TV commercial, where the international shipper comically portrayed Kenny Lofton's frequent city changes and subsequent moves.

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On July 27,2007, Kenny Lofton was traded by the Rangers to the Indians in exchange for minor-league catcher Max Ramirez.

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Kenny Lofton earned his 34th career postseason stolen base in game four of the 2007 ALCS, setting a new MLB record for playoff steals.

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In game seven, Kenny Lofton was called out while attempting to steal second base, but the replay showed that he was safe.

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Kenny Lofton was held up at third base while attempting to tie the game, in a call that was criticized by Cleveland fans for years.

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Kenny Lofton became a free agent at the end of the season, but did not sign a contract with an MLB team.

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Kenny Lofton expressed interest in playing before the 2009 season.

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From 2002 to 2007, Kenny Lofton played for eight teams and made it to the postseason with four of them.

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Kenny Lofton holds the Indians' record for stolen bases with 452.

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Kenny Lofton was a three-time MLB Player of the Week.

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On January 27,2010, Kenny Lofton was announced as being selected as a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

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In 2015, Pedro Martinez, one of the most dominant pitchers of Kenny Lofton's era, named Kenny Lofton as among the most difficult hitters to pitch against in his career.

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Kenny Lofton has his own television production company, FilmPool, Inc In 1997, he appeared as a guest star on The Wayans Bros.

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Kenny Lofton co-wrote the song "What If" on Ruben Studdard's 2006 album Soulful.

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Kenny Lofton played golf in the off season during his playing days.

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Kenny Lofton served as a commentator on the Fox Sports West postgame show for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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