CHICAGO, IL - JULY 5: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds slides into home plate to score a run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images
Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Billy Hamilton reaches Cincinnati Reds milestone

Billy Hamilton tied a Cincinnati Reds icon Wednesday afternoon in New York. 

The speedy centerfielder tied Eric Davis for fifth in franchise history with his 270th career steal. 

Hamilton will take over sole possession of fifth place with his next steal, but it’s a long way to No. 4. 

That spot belongs to Bob Bescher, a Wittenberg graduate who stole 320 bags for the Reds from 1908-1913. He was a four-time National League steals champion. 

Joe Morgan is the Reds’ all-time leader with 406 steals followed by Barry Larkin *379) and Davey Concepcion (321). 

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Hamilton has 27 steals on the season after swiping more than 50 bags in each of the previous four. 

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