Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson

Man of Steal
December 25, 1958
5' 10"
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-24-1979 with OAK
Allstar Selections:
1981 GG, 1981 SS, 1985 SS, 1989 ALCS, 1990 MVP, 1990 SS
Hall of Fame:


Rickey Henderson

A flashy player known for his head-first slides, "snatch catches" and prancing home run trots, Henderson has been a fan favorite everywhere he's played, and one of the game's all-time greats despite accusations of selfishness and ego. Bouncing from team-to-team, Henderson spent four different stretches with the Oakland A's, with whom he won a World Series title in 1989. In that Series he hit .474 with four extra-base hits and three steals to instigate a sweep of the Giants. Henderson is the all-time leader in walks, steals, and runs scored, and collected his 3,000th hit, in 2001.


Quotes About Rickey Henderson

“But it wasn't until I saw Rickey that I understood what baseball was about. Rickey Henderson is a run, man. That's it. When you see Rickey Henderson, I don't care when, the score's already 1-0. If he's with you, that's great. If he's not, you won't like it.” — A's teammate Mitchell Page



Mike Piazza, Don Mattingly, Joe Morgan, Carney Lansford,Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Dawyne Murphy, Tony Gwynn, Dave Kingman, Mike Norris, Ron Guidry, Dave Stewart, Jack Morris, Pedro Martinez, Dennis Eckersley, Trevor Hoffman and Billy Martin

Best Season: 1985

He had more steals in other seasons, but in '85 he combined power and speed. At the top of the order for the Yanks, Henderson batted .314 with 146 runs scored in 143 games. He cracked 24 homers, drove in 72, walked 99 times, stole 80 bases, and was caught just 10 times. He had a .516 slugging percentage and .419 OBP. How did this team finish two games back of Toronto?


Who's the Skip?

Henderson has played for 16 managers in his 25 major league seasons. He played for Billy Martin three times, and Lou Piniella, Tony LaRussa and Bruce Bochy twice. Here's a complete list of Rickey's managers: 


Jim Marshall (1979), Billy Martin (1980-1982, 1985, 1988), Steve Boros (1983-1984), Jackie Moore (1984), Yogi Berra (1985), Lou Piniella (1986-1988, 2000), Bucky Dent (1989), Dallas Green (1989), Tony LaRussa (1989-1993, 1994-1995), Cito Gaston (1993), Bruce Bochy (1996-1997, 2001), Terry Collins (1997), Art Howe (1998), Bobby Valentine (1999-2000), Grady Little (2002), Jim Tracy (2003)


The Bird Killer

On July 6, 1984, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers in Milwaukee, Henderson, playing for the New York Yankees, hit a routine fly to center. Brewers' centerfielder Rick Manning camped under the ball and then suddenly lunged forward to reach for the ball, which he caught just before it came to the ground. Henderson's fly ball had struck a bird, killing it. For the rest of the game, Brewer's fans taunted Henderson in left field, flapping their arms and calling him a "bird killer."



Early in his career, Henderson explained why he was a left-handed thrower but a right-handed hitter, the oddest combination in baseball history: 

"All the other kids playing around me were batting right-handed, so that's the way I thought you were supposed to do it, so that's what I did, too. At one point, I wanted to be a switch-hitter and try the left side, but I was hitting .300, .350 in the minors, and they (the A's) wouldn't let me do it."


Where He Played

Henderson has never played any other position than outfield, primarily left field. His first two years with the Yankees (1985-1986), he was a center fielder.

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1979

Rickey Henderson

Tim Raines

Kirk Gibson

Dickie Thon

Jesse Orosco

Jeff Reardon

Dan Quisenberry

Dave Righetti

Dave Stieb



Man of Steal

"Man of Steal" was a contrived label spun by writers and was never popular or well-known. You'd think he would have had a popular nickname, but he doesn't. "Hot Dog" fits nicely.


Uniform Numbers

#35 (1979-1984, 2000 Mariners, 2002), #24 (1985-1989 Yankees, and 1989 A's, 1990-1989, 2000 Mets, 2001), #22 (1989 A's), #25 (2003)


Similar Players

No one's even close.


Related Players

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Tony Gwynn, Tim Raines


Hall of Fame Voting

Year Election Votes Pct

2009 BBWAA 511 94.8%

Post-Season Appearances

1981 American League Championship Series

1981 American League Division Playoffs

1989 World Series

1989 American League Championship Series

1990 American League Championship Series

1990 World Series

1992 American League Championship Series

1993 World Series

1993 American League Championship Series

1996 National League Divisional Series

1999 National League Divisional Series

1999 National League Championship Series

2000 American League Divisional Series

2000 American League Championship Series

Awards and Honors

1981 AL Gold Glove


1990 AL MVP


The greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history, Henderson eclipsed three major all-time records: most career runs scored, most career walks, and most career steals. In doing so, he passed immortals Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. He hit the most leadoff homers in history, reached 3,000 hits, and swiped an incredible 1,406 bases at a success rate of 81%.


August 21, 1983: 400th SB...


September 29, 1987: 700th SB...


June 12, 1990: 900th SB...


May 1, 1992: 1000th SB...


October 4, 1992: 2000th Hit...


October 7, 2001: 3000th Hit... The hit, a double, came off John Thomson… Henderson's milestone hit came in the final game of Tony Gwynn's career.


Batting Feats 

August 27, 1982: 119th SB...

June 12, 1990: 900th SB...

May 1, 1991: 939th SB...



1976 — Reported to Boise after being drafted by the Oakland A's in the fourth round of the June draft. Henderson hit .336 with 29 steals in 36 attempts. 1977 — With Modesto, Henderson led the California League with a then-record 95 steals. He was third in the league with a .345 average and 104 runs scored and became the fourth professional player to steal seven bases in one game, on May 26 at Fresno. 1978 — Rickey led the Eastern League with 81 steals, and also led all outfielders with four double plays and 15 assists. 1979 — Stole 44 bases in only 71 PCL games with Ogden and was brought up by Oakland on June 23rd and made his ML debut the next day. Despite being in Oakland for only half of the A's season, Henderson led the club with 33 steals. 1980 — Henderson became the first American League player and third big league player to steal 100 or more bases in a single season, joining Maury Wills and Lou brock. He broke Ty Cobb's AL mark of 96 steals, which had stood for 65 years. Was second in the AL with 117 walks, third in on-base percentage at .422, and fourth with 111 runs scored. 1981 — Was named to The Sporting News All-Star team as he led the AL with 135 hits, 89 runs and 56 steals. His .319 average was fourth best in the league. In his first taste of post-season action, Rickey hit .182 in the Division series vs. Kansas City and .364 in the AL Championship Series against New York. 1982 — Set the season standard for stolen bases with 130, smashing Lou Brock's mark of 118 on August 27, in Milwaukee. Set the record for most times caught stealing at 42. Henderson walked five times vs. the Angels on April 8, a career high. 1983 — Went over 100 steals (108) for the third time in his career. Vince Coleman is the only other player to steal 100 or more bases more than once. Henderson tied the AL mark by stealing seven bases over two consecutive games, July 3-4 vs. the Rangers. Swiped his 400th career base on August 21, at Milwaukee, becoming the youngest player to reach that milestone. 1984 — Henderson's 66 steals topped the American League for the fifth consecutive season, and he was second in the AL with 113 runs. Following the season, he was traded to the New York Yankees during the winter meetings in Houston, December 8th. 1985 — Henderson began his Yankees career on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. He was activated April 22, having missed 10 games. His .314 batting average was 4th in the AL. Henderson's 146 runs scored led the league and was the highest total in the major leagues since Ted Williams scored 150 runs in 1949. His .419 on-base percentage was fourth best in the loop and a then career-best .516 slugging percentage was seventh in the league...became the first AL player to hit 20 homers and steal 50 bases in a season...stole his 500th base 5/10 at Kansas City...named AL Player of the Month for June. 1986 — led the league in steals for the seventh consecutive year...only Luis Aparicio led the AL more consecutive years (9)...stole his 600th base 5/18 vs. Seattle...had career highs in homers (28), at-bats (608) and RBIs (74)...his 130 runs topped the major leagues for the second consecutive year...first player in the AL to lead the league in runs scored for consecutive seasons since Mickey Mantle 1960-61...finished with AL record 9 leadoff homers in one season...(major league record is 11 held by the Giants Bobby Bonds)...40 of the 113 runs driven in by Don Mattingly were scored by Rickey. 1987 — suffered through an injury-plagued season...appeared in just 95 games, his lowest total since his rookie season of 1979...first injury came 6/4 at Milwaukee, a pulled right hamstring...went on the 15-day DL the next day and wound up missing 22 games...returned 6/29 but went back on the DL 8/1 (retroactive to 7/26) with the same hamstring problem...was reinstated on 9/1 after missing 33 games...stole 41 bases, but his streak of leading the league in steals was snapped at seven years by Seattle's Harold Reynolds...his own AL record for consecutive seasons with 50+ stolen bases also ended at seven...did not steal a base for 18 consecutive games (5/18-7/4), the second longest such streak of his career...on 5/18 Curt Young snapped his streak of consecutive steals at 31...picked up career steal 700 on 9/29 at Boston. 1988 — hit .305 which was .015 percentage points higher than his career BA coming into 1988...scored 100+ runs for the 7th time in his career...made his seventh straight and eighth overall All-Star appearance...fifth inning run scored 7/17 vs. Chicago was career #1,000...also picked up career RBI #500 at Cleveland 9/13...went 5 for 5 on 4/11 at Toronto...matched his personal career game high...led the major leagues with 93 steals...set a new Yankee season mark with that total...stolen base 6/4 at Baltimore was his 249th as a Yankee, setting a new Yankee career standard...stole four bases in a game three times...was successful on 44 of his last 46 attempts...6 homers were fewest hit in a season since hitting 6 in the strike shortened season of was the lowest season total of his career...from 7/18-8/3, reached base safely leading off in 15 straight games...scored 11 of the 15 times. 1989 — returned to A's after the June 20th trade...was hitting .247 when he arrived...hit .294 for the A's and went on to reach base safely in 80 of his 85 games with Oakland...added 52 steals in 58 attempts and wound up leading the league for the 9th time in 10 seasons...reached 50 plus steals for the 9th time in his career to set a new AL record...breaking a tie with Ty Cobb...set a career game best with 5 steals vs. Seattle July 29...wound up with a career best 126 walks...spectacular post season helped propel the A's to the World Championship...won ALCS MVP honors vs. Toronto...hit .400 and led all hitters with 15 total bases, 8 runs scored 5 RBI's and 7 walks...set a new LCS record with 8 steals...belted 2 homers in game #4...kept up the pace in the Series vs. San Francisco...topped everyone with 9 hits...added 2 walks, 4 runs scored and 3 steals...for the A's entire nine-game post season Rickey hit .441, scored 12 runs, had 15 hits of which 8 were for extra-bases, and walked 9 addition had 8 RBI's and 11 steals. 1990 — his season was capped November 20th when he was named the American League Most Valuable Player...his first MVP award...garnered 14 of a possible 28 first place votes, and finished 31 points in front of second place finisher, Cecil Fielder...Henderson and Fielder were the only players named on all 28 ballots...Rickey one of five Oakland Athletics to win the honor, joining Vida Blue (1971), Reggie Jackson (1973), Jose Canseco (1988) and Dennis Eckersley (1992) addition to his sensational regular season also had his second consecutive strong post season...hit .294 in the ALCS vs. Boston and then led the A's with a .333 average in the Series vs. Cincinnati...3 of his 5 hits in the Series for extra-bases...added a spectacular catch in game #2 at Cincinnati...for the regular season Rickey finished among the league leaders in several offensive categories...dueled George Brett for the AL batting title through the last day but wound up second with a career best .325 average...average was below .320 for one day during the season...after the third game...led the league in runs (119), on-base percentage (.439) and in steals (65)...finished second to Fielder with a career high .577 slugging percentage...scored in the first inning of 33 games...the A's were 26-7 in those games...scored twice from third on sacrifice flies to infielders...tied his career high with 28 homers (1986)...tied Cobb's AL record by stealing 3rd base on May 26th vs. Cleveland and then ran past Cobb 2 days later, May 29th, when he stole 3rd vs. the Blue Jays at the Coliseum...stole career base #900 vs. Texas June 12th...made his 9th All-Star appearance...the most among 1990 AL starters...after the break, leg problems shut Rickey down for 7 days July 15-21st...leg problems would return in August...missed 7 more games August 8-14th...but despite the aches and pains his offense was relentless...for the season reached safely by a hit or walk in 125 of his 136 games...scored at least one run in 89 of his 136 games...did much of his damage on the road...hit .342 in foreign parks (92 for 269) with 20 of his 28 homers...road average second best in the loop to Rafael Palmeiro's .350. 1991 —needed three bases at the start of the season to overtake Lou Brock as the greatest base thief in baseball took nearly a month of the season due to a 15-day stint on the DL in April with a left calf strain but on his seventh attempt of the season he stole third base May 1st at the Coliseum vs. New York for career #939...that broke the tie with the Hall of Famer Brock...Tim Leary was on the mound and Matt Nokes behind the plate when Rickey stole the base with a 1-0 count on Jose Canseco...Henderson went on to steal 58 bases to push his career total to 994...won his 11th AL stolen base title in 12 years...was 37 for 49 at second base, thrown out seven times and picked off/caught stealing five times...was 21 of 26 at third base, thrown out twice and picked off/caught stealing three times...and was 0 for 1 at home was also his 11th season of 50 or more steals which extended his own AL record...scored more than 100 runs for the fourth consecutive season and for the tenth time in 12 major league seasons...walked 98 times to push his on-base percentage to an even .400 for sixth best in the league...cracked the first grand slam of his career July 4th at Texas off Gerald Alexander...the slam came on his 6,228th major league at-bat...tied his career high with 5 hits vs. Texas at the Coliseum September 29th. 1992 —missed 45 games due to an assortment of injuries but still finished second on the club with 77 runs scored and led the A's with 95 walks, 48 steals and a .426 on-base the ALCS vs. the Blue Jays did not post the kind of numbers he did in the 1989 ALCS as Rickey hit .261 with 6 hits, all singles...walked 4 times and added 2 steals...became the first man in baseball history to steal 1,000 bases when he swiped third base at Detroit May 1st...Rickey finished with fewer than 50 steals for just the third time in his career and did not win the stolen base title for the first time since 1987...on the season stole 43 out of 51 attempts at 2B, 5 of 6 at 3B and was picked off/caught stealing twice....hit five leadoff homers...had his best month of the season in May with a .338 average, 17 steals in 19 attempts and 19 walks to push his on-base percentage for the month to .474...but strained his left hamstring May 28th and did not return until June 17th missing 17 games...but he wasn't quite ready as after 12 games Rickey went back on the DL June 30th and did not return until after the All-Star break...after hitting .277 up to the break finished up the season hitting at a .289 clip after the break (58 for 201)...finished the year with a flair as in his final at-bat of the regular season on October 4th singled off the Brewers Cal Eldred for the 2000th hit of his major league career. 1993 —prior to his trade to Toronto on July 31, had an outstanding four months with the the time of the trade was leading the A's in average (.327), runs (77), homers (17), walks (85), stolen bases (31), plus both on-base percentage (.469) and slugging (.553)...first homer of the season April 11th vs. Milwaukee was the 200th of his career...had a career best 5 RBI at Chicago May 21st...batted in the third position of the lineup four consecutive games June 6-9th...first time in six seasons that he batted in any position other than leadoff...on July 5th vs. Cleveland became only the second player in major league history to open both games of a doubleheader with a homer...Boston's Harry Hooper the other on May 30, 1913 vs. Washington...24th steal of the season on June 16 against Chicago was the 1,066th of his career, breaking Yutaka Fukumoto's world record...went to Toronto July 31st and his first homer for Toronto came off Ron Darling in his first game back at the Coliseum...missed three games August 14-16th with frost bite on his left foot...combined with Toronto and the A's to score 114 runs and walk 120 times...11th time in his career he has scored 100 or more runs...among A.L. leaders finished fifth in runs scored (114), second in walks (120), third in on-base percentage (.432) and fourth in steals (53)...was successful on 38 of 45 attempts at second base and on 15 of 16 at third base...closed out the year with 17 consecutive stolen bases without being caught...appeared in all 12 games of the post season...was 3 for 25 (.120) with 4 walks and 4 runs scored plus 2 steals in the ALCS vs. Chicago...then hit .227 in the World Series (5 for 22) with 5 walks and 6 runs scored plus a steal vs. Philadelphia...was on second base and scored the tying run when Joe Carter homered to win the Series. 1994 —Returned to the A's and his opening day start in Milwaukee was his tenth for one has made more opening day assignments for the Oakland usual was among the league leaders in walks (fifth with 72) and on-base percentage (eighth at .411)...stole 22 bases including the 1100th of his career on June 7th vs. Milwaukee...his 416 steals since 1988 is the best total over the seven year span (Coleman is second with 372)...three of his six homers were leadoff shots to run his career total to a major league record 66 leadoff homers...on April 13th played in the 2000th game of his career becoming only the 159th player to reach that June he hit .298 and scored 23 runs in 23 games...had a 12 game stretch June 6-18th where he reached base safely 29 times with 16 hits and 13 walks and scored 17 runs...on the season scored at least one run in 50 of the 87 games he appeared in and reached safely by either a hit or walk in 74 of his 87 games...continued to move up on baseball's all-team leader charts as he finished the season first in career steals (1117), 15th in walks (1478) and 24th in runs scored (1652)...Rickey is the Oakland career leader in games (1440), at bats (5191), runs (1102), hits (1518), doubles (242), triples (39, tied), walks (1037), steals (769), batting (.292) and on-base pct. (.413)...he is the Athletics franchise (1901-94) leader in runs and steals. 1995 —Played in 112 games with Oakland and batted .300 with nine home runs and 54 RBI...Also stole 32 bases in 42 tries . . . Hit .300 for the fifth time as an Athletic, marking the 16th time an Oakland player has hit .300 ... Carney Lansford (3 times) and Joe Rudi (twice) are the only other players to have done it more than once ... Led the majors with a .419 (31 for 74) average with runners in scoring position, which included a .486 (18 for 37) mark with RISP & two outs ... Was also second in the AL with a .383 (44 for 115) batting average from the seventh inning on ... Also led the majors with a .382 (50 for 131) average with men on base and an average on 4.36 pitches per plate appearance ... Finished eighth in the league in stolen bases, adding 32 steals to his ongoing major league record which now stands at 1149 ... Holds nearly every Oakland A's career record including games (1552), at bats (5598), runs (1169), hits (1640), doubles (273), triples (40), walks (1109), total bases (2452), steals (801), batting (.293) and on-base percentage (.412) ... also ranks second in extra base hits (466), fifth in RBI (591) and strikeouts (801), tied for fifth in HR (153) and seventh in slugging (.438) ... Holds the all-time A's records in runs, walks and steals, ranks third in games and at bats, fourth in hits, sixth in strikeouts and total bases, seventh in extra base hits, eighth in doubles and tied for 10th in homers ... His 1550 career walks place him 12th on baseball's all-time list and he is tied for 18th in runs scored (1719) ... Finished the year with 2338 which ranks 94th all-time ... Made his 11th opening day start, an ongoing A's record ... Signed by the San Diego Padres as a free agent on Dec. 29, 1995. 1996 —Made his National League debut after 17 seasons in the American League with three different teams ... Ranked fourth in the National League with 125 walks ... His 37 steals marked the 17th time in his career that he has reached 30 thefts in a season ... Led off three games with a home run, extending his Major League record to 70 ... Hit .338 with 18 runs scored in Aug. ... Batted .333 in the National League Division Series vs. St. Louis ... Collected his 2,400th hit with a three-run home run off Osvaldo Fernandez on July 7 vs. San Francisco. 1997 —Split the season between the Padres and the Anaheim Angels ... July 14, Henderson swipes his 1,200th base, in the sixth inning against the Giants ... August 12, Henderson leads off the seventh with his 250th career homer, against Montreal ... August 13, the Angels trade pitchers Ryan Hancock and Steven Agosto and a player to be named to the Padres for Henderson ... To make room for the future Hall of Famer, the Angels release another future HOFer, Eddie Murray ... 1998 —January 22, Free agent Henderson signs on for a fourth tour of duty with the Oakland A’s ... Henderson is playing his 20th major league season ... August 31, Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics’ 15-6 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone ... September 27, Henderson becomes the oldest SB leader in major league history as he finishes the year with an AL-high 66 ... December 13, Henderson is signed by the Mets as a free agent ... 1999 —April 27, Henderson steals his 1,300th career SB, against the Padres ... October 8, the Mets score six runs in the sixth inning, to tie a division series record, on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The win gives them a 2-games-to-1 lead over Arizona in the division series. Henderson steals his sixth base, also a record for a division series ... 2000 —In his 22nd major league season ... March 30, with a swipe of second, Henderson joined Ted Williams as the only players to steal a base in four decades ... May 10, with the Mets, Henderson became the 21st major-leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finished the night with 10,002 ABs and trails only Cal Ripken Jr. among active players ... After being released by the Mets on May 13, Henderson signed with the Mariners, joining his seventh ML team ... May 20, Henderson wastes no time hitting a home run in his first at bat as a Mariner, increasing his career record for leadoff homers to 76 ... May 21, he hit a leadoff home run for the second consecutive game ... On September 15, Henderson scored in his first two at bats to pace the Mariners to a 10–2 win over the Orioles. That moved him into 2nd place on the all time list of runs scored (2,175), one ahead of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron and behind only Ty Cobb ... May 23, Henderson drew his 2,000th career walk in the 9th inning, making him the third player to reach that level, behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams ... 2001 —Played his 23rd season, returning to the Padres ... Henderson signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on March 19, and was called up in April after injuries to outfielders Tony Gwynn and Mark Kotsay ... Used as a pinch-hitter and platoon outfielder, he passed Babe Ruth as the career walks leader on April 25, drawing a base on balls against Philadelphia Phillies' reliever Jose Mesa ... On May 16, Henderson led off with a home run, extending his major-league record for leadoff home runs to 79. This is more than twice the total for the #2 and #3 players on the list: Brady Anderson (44), and Bobby Bonds (35) ... On October 4, Henderson hit a home run to become baseball's all-time career runs scored leader with 2,246 ... On October 7, Henderson collected the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double. Ricky then left the game. The game was the final one of Tony Gwynn's career ... topped 20 steals for the 23rd straight season ... 2002 —Began his 24th major league season, signing with the Red Sox out of spring training ... stole a base on April 13 against the Yankees, becoming the oldest man to steal a base since Dave Winfield ... passed the 1,400 steal mark, adding to his all-time record...


Injuries and Explanation for Missed Playing Time

On Yankees' disabled list (March 30-April 22, 1985), which included rehabilitation assignment to Fort Lauderdale (April 19-22)... On disabled list (June 5-29 and July 26-September 1, 1987)... On disabled list (April 12-27, 1991... On DL May 28-June 17 and June 30-July 16, 1992... On disabled list (May 11-27, 1994)... On San Diego's disabled list (May 9-24, 1997)... On disabled list (May 3-22, 1999).



Selected by Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1976); Traded by Oakland Athletics with Bert Bradley and cash to New York Yankees in exchange for Stan Javier, Jay Howell, Jose Rijo, Eric Plunk and Tim Birtsas (December 5, 1984); Traded by New York Yankees to Oakland Athletics in exchange for Greg Cadaret, Eric Plunk and Luis Polonia (June 21, 1989); Granted free agency (November 13, 1989); Signed by Oakland Athletics (November 28, 1989); Traded by Oakland Athletics to Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Steve Karsay and a player to be named later (July 31, 1993) - Oakland Athletics received Jose Herrera as PTBNL (August 6, 1993); Granted free agency (October 29, 1993); Signed by Oakland Athletics (December 17, 1993); Granted free agency (October 30, 1995); Signed by San Diego Padres (December 29, 1995); Traded by San Diego Padres to Anaheim Angels in exchange for Ryan Hancock, Stevenson Agosto and a player to be named later (August 13, 1997) - San Diego Padres received George Arias as PTBNL (August 19, 1997); Granted free agency (October 27, 1997); Signed by Oakland Athletics (January 22, 1998); Granted free agency (October 26, 1998); Signed by New York Mets (December 16, 1998); Released by New York Mets (May 13, 2000); Signed by Seattle Mariners (May 19, 2000); Granted free agency (November 3, 2000); Signed by San Diego Padres (March 19, 2001); Granted free agency (November 5, 2001); Signed by Boston Red Sox (February 13, 2002); Released by the Boston Red Sox (October 13, 2002); Signed by Los Angeles Dodgers (July 15, 2003). 


Henderson and Rogers Hornsby are the probably the two greatest players in baseball history who so frequently changed teams.


Trivia Question

What was Rickey Henderson's stolen base average against left-handed and right-handed pitchers?


Trivia Answer

83.5% vs RHP and 75.5% vs LHP


All-Star Selections 

1980 AL

1982 AL

1983 AL

1984 AL

1985 AL

1986 AL

1987 AL

1988 AL

1990 AL

1991 AL



Mitchell Page, who was moved to the DH role in 1979. Henderson joined Larry Murray and Dwayne Murphy to form a young Oakland outfield.


Replaced By

This guy may never stop playing. But seriously, his last full-time job was as the San Diego Padres left fielder in 2001. The next season the Padres went "young," replacing 42-year old Rickey with 37-year old gimp, Ron Gant.

Best Strength as a Player


Largest Weakness as a Player

Throwing arm


1981 ALDS1, 1989 World Series, 1990 World Series, 1993 World Series, 2009 Hall of Fame, AL MVP 1990, Baseball History, Boston Red Sox, Gold Glove, Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Angels, MVP, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Rickey Henderson, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Stolen base
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