Sports History in Black: Rickey Henderson

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Rickey Henderson was an outfielder the players on the other team had to worry about when it came to stealing bases.

Rickey Henderson receives honors at the Oakland Coliseum in 2009. Photo credit: Bryce Edwards

Nicknamed “The Man of Steal,” Henderson was incredible with the jumps he used to get and that helped him become Major League Baseball’s greatest base stealer.. But like all greats, he had to start some place. In 1979, Henderson made it to the major leagues after spending a few years in the minors. On this day, he stole the first of 1,406 bases of his 25-year professional career. He played for nine teams from 1979 to 2003,  starting and ending with the Oakland Athletics.  His record still stands.

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