Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson
Birthdate 12/25/1957
Death Date
Debut Year 1979
Year of Induction 2009
Teams Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, Mets, Padres, Red Sox, Yankees
Position Left Field

Known as “The Man of Steal”, Rickey Henderson holds the MLB career records for stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and leadoff homers.

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Rickey Henderson finished with 1,406 steals, nearly 50% more than Lou Brock

Rickey Henderson finished with 1,406 steals, nearly 50% more than Lou Brock

Rickey Henderson is the greatest leadoff man in the history of the game. He’s most remembered as the career leader in stolen bases. Cardinals speedster Lou Brock set the record in 1977, breaking Ty Cobb’s decades old mark. Brock held it until 1991 when Henderson made it his own. Rickey f
Rickey led the league in steals every season but one during the 1980s

Rickey led the league in steals every season but one during the 1980s

Rickey Henderson led the American League in stolen bases every year but one in the 1980s. In the years he did lead the league, save the ’81 strike-shortened year, Henderson averaged more than 92 steals a season. In 1987 injuries limited Henderson to just 95 games. That season a career-high 60
Rickey Henderson played 25 seasons and loves the game

Rickey Henderson played 25 seasons and loves the game

On the back of the check is Rickey Henderson’s endorsement signature. Stories on Henderson’s eccentricities abound but one thing is for sure — he loved to play baseball. Two days after his election to the Hall of Fame a 50-year old Henderson remarked, “I believe

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