Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henley Henderson ( born December 25, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois as Rickey Nelson Henley ) is a former American professional baseball player in the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers major League Baseball. Henderson won in 1989 with the Athletics and 1993 with the Blue Jays World Series, is ten times All-Star, won a Gold Glove and is equipped with 1,406 stolen bases and 2,295 runs of eternal MLB record holder in these categories. In 2009 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.


In his youth, Henderson was a gifted athlete who excelled in both baseball and American Football. After 1979 he was obliged by the Oakland Athletics, he established himself as one of the best all-rounder in the league. Already in his second season he achieved a batting average of .303, scored 111 runs and stole 100 bases, which he only the third MLB player was by Maury Wills and Lou Brock to have managed. Henderson landed in the election to the Most Valuable Player in 10th place a season later, he outdid himself again. In the cut by one-third in 1981 season he scored .313/89R/56SB which he was second in the MVP choice. In 1982, he even stole 134 bases, which is eternal MLB record. With the team Henderson was not so successful with Home Run King Tony Armas he reached the playoffs regularly, but Oakland failed mostly early.

When the Yankees ( as of 1985) Henderson became the first player to 20 home runs and 80 stolen bases managed in the same season. Despite criticism of his seemingly larifarihaften game, he stole 395 bases and is still Yankees record holder in this statistic. In 1989 he returned to the Athletics. Together with the home-run kings Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco in the same year he won the World Series. In the final series itself Henderson hit .474, one home run and a triple. A year later, the steadily improving beating Henderson ( .325/138R/28HR/65SB ) was elected as the Most Valuable Player of the American League. He broke the record of eternal Steal Leo Brock, left with the Athletics but out in the playoffs.

In 1993, the 35 -year-old Henderson was transferred to the Blue Jays. As a veteran, he was part of that Toronto team that won the World Series with the stars Paul Molitor, Roberto Alomar and John Olerud. The slower and physically weakening, but still very intelligent Henderson game still played in various clubs in the MLB. Even at the age of 42 he stole 43 bases. Henderson ended his long career when he was 44 years old. He is now first base coach for the Mets.


Henderson was one of the most feared all-rounder of his time. With 1,406 stolen bases, he is by far the most successful " thief " of the MLB history ( Lou Brock, the second best, has 938 ). Henderson was opposing pitcher as good "read" that he knew most, if they would throw the ball to the pitcher or to the base. In addition, he could run in just 2.9 seconds from a base to the next. Because you usually three and a half seconds takes to make the pitcher throws the ball to the catcher again, and the catcher him to the base, Henderson was almost impossible to catch. In addition, he was considered a reliable hitter, who regularly hit .300, 110, and scored more runs and a dozen home runs. His 2,209 runs Scored are also eternal MLB record. Defensively, he won a Gold Glove as the best outfielder.

Private life

Henderson was born Rickey Nelson Henley, but when his mother divorced and remarried, they took the name of the new husband. Henderson is married to Pamela and has with her children Angela, Alexis and Adrian. During his career, Henderson had the whim to talk about himself in the third person as " Rickey ".