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Rickey Henderson

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson

Profession: MLB Outfielder

United States of America

Biography: Nicknamed "The Man of Steal", he is widely regarded as the sport's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner. He holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs.

Born: December 25, 1958
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn

Historical Events

  • 1979-06-24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base
  • 1980-09-30 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record with his 97th in A's 5-1 win over Chicago White Sox; breaks Ty Cobb's mark of 96 set in 1915
  • 1982-06-01 Oakland A's left fielder Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in 3-2 win over Boston Red Sox to become fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a MLB season
  • 1982-08-02 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 100th MLB base of the season in 6-5 win v Seattle, first to steal 100 twice in modern era
  • 1982-08-27 Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock's mark
  • 1983-09-13 Oakland's Rickey Henderson 3rd straight 100 steals for season
  • 1984-12-05 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo
  • 1985-09-25 Rickey Henderson steals Yankee record 75th base of season
  • 1988-06-04 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee
  • 1989-04-09 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev
  • 1989-06-21 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia
  • 1989-08-03 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB
  • 1989-08-22 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)
  • 1989-10-07 Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games)
  • 1989-11-28 Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • 1990-05-29 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record
  • 1990-06-11 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
  • 1990-06-12 Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases
  • 1990-11-20 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP
  • 1991-05-01 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland
  • 1992-05-01 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in A's 7-6 win at Detroit
  • 1993-07-05 As' outfielder Rickey Henderson leads off both games of Oakland's doubleheader vs Cleveland with homers (first time since 1913)
  • 1993-07-31 Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera
  • 1993-08-13 Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his #24
  • 1994-06-07 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,100th career base
  • 1997-08-13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels
  • 1998-01-22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time
  • 2001-10-03 San Diego outfielder Rickey Henderson scores a run in the 3rd inning of the Padres' 12-5 loss to LA Dodgers to tie the MLB record of 2,245 runs scored held by the legendary Ty Cobb

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