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Rickey Henderson: Baseball

Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is an African American former professional baseball player best known for setting a record for the most stolen bases in major league baseball in 1991. Henderson is considered as “The Man of Steal” for being baseball’s greatest leadoff hitter and base runner. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the 1976 amateur draft.

Rickey Henderson played for nine teams – Oakland Athletics (1979 – 1984), New York Yankees (1985 – 1989), Oakland Athletics (1989 – 1993), Toronto Blue Jays (1993), Oakland Athletics (1994 – 1995), San Diego Padres (1996 – 1997), Anaheim Angels (1997), Oakland Athletics (1998), New York Mets (1999, 2000), Seattle Mariners (2000), San Diego Padres (2001), Boston Red Sox (2002) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2003).

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Henderson’s major league records include a total of 1,406 career stolen bases, 2,295 career runs, 81 career lead-off home runs and 130 stolen bases. He was part of the MLB All-Star ten times, a two-time World Series Champion, became the MVP of the leagues in 1989, received a Gold Glove Award in 1981, a twelve-time stolen base champion, an NL Comeback Player of the Year in 1999 and a three-time Silver Slugger Award.

Why Was He So Good?

Rickey Henderson was known to have a high on-base percentage, power hitting and stolen base and run totals made him one of the most self-motivated players of his era. He was also recognized for his passion for the sport and a cheerful, unconventional and quotable character that both confounded and amused fans.

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