Rickey HendersonFor the jazz saxophonist, see Rick Henderson. Rickey Henderson Left fielderBorn: December 25, 1958(1958-12-25) (age 49)
Chicago, IllinoisBatted: Right Threw: Left MLB debut June 24, 1979
for the Oakland AthleticsFinal game September 19, 2003
for the Los Angeles DodgersCareer statistics Runs scored 2,295 Hits 3,055 Stolen bases 1,406 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)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (2003)
- 10x All-Star selection (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991)
- 2x World Series champion (1989, 1993)
- 3x Silver Slugger Award winner (1981, 1982, 1985)
- Gold Glove Award winner (1981)
- 1990 AL MVP
- 1989 ALCS MVP
- 1999 AL Comeback Player of the Year
- 1,406 career stolen bases
- 2,295 career runs
- 81 career lead-off home runs
- 130 stolen bases single season
- Holds numerous other records
Rickey Henley Henderson (born as Rickey Nelson Henley, December 25, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who is baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases and runs scored. He also holds the single-season record for stolen bases. In a 25-year career with nine clubs, Henderson's high on-base percentage, power, runs scored, and stolen base totals made him the premier leadoff hitter of his era; many consider him the best ever.
In 1982, he set the modern major league single season record for stolen bases at 130. He set the modern major league record for career stolen bases on May 1, 1991. At the time of his last game in 2003, Henderson ranked among the sport's top 100 all-time home run hitters; he was also the all-time leader in walks with 2,190, a record since surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2007.
Henderson was the leadoff hitter for two World Series champions: the 1989 Oakland Athletics, and the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays. Henderson played for seven other teams during his career, including the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. Henderson was a 12-time stolen base champion, and led the league in runs five times.
- 1 Early years and personal life
- 2 Major leagues
- 3 Illeism, malapropism and anecdotes
- 4 Legacy
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early years and personal life
Henderson was born Rickey Nelson Henley, named after musician Ricky Nelson to John L. & Bobbie Henley in Chicago on Christmas Day, 1958, in the back seat of a 57 Chevy on the way to the hospital. His father left home when he was two years old, and the rest of his family moved to Oakland, California when Henderson was seven. His father died in an automobile accident when he was 12. When he was a junior in high school, his mother married a man named Paul Henderson, and the family adopted his surname.
When first learning to play baseball in Oakland, Henderson learned to bat right-handed even though he was a natural left-handed thrower — a rare combination for baseball players, especially non-pitchers. Only two other such players with careers of more than 4,000 at-bats, Hal Chase and Cleon Jones, bat right and threw left. Henderson stated that, "All my friends were right-handed and swung from the right side, so I thought that's the way it was supposed to be done."
He graduated in 1976 from Oakland Technical High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football, in which he was an All-American running back. He received two dozen scholarship offers to play football, but turned them down. Henderson was drafted by Oakland in the fourth round in 1976.
In each of his four minor league seasons, he batted .309 or better, with an on base percentage of .417 or better, and more walks than strikeouts. In May 1977, Henderson stole seven bases in one game, tying the minor league record. Henderson played the 1978–1979 winter season for the Navojoa Mayos of the Mexican Pacific League, which won its first championship in 30 years.
Oakland Athletics (1979–1984)
A's owner Charlie Finley hired Billy Martin in 1980, and Martin's aggressive "Billy-Ball" philosophy helped Henderson into stardom. Henderson became the 3rd modern-era player to steal 100 bases in a season (Maury Wills (104) and Lou Brock (118) had preceded him). His 100 steals set a new American League record, surpassing Ty Cobb's 96, set in 1915. That winter, Henderson played in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, where his 42 stolen bases broke that league's record as well.
Henderson was a serious Most Valuable Player candidate a year later, in a season shortened by a players' strike. He hit .319, fourth in the American League, led the league in hits with 135, and in steals with 56. Finishing second to Milwaukee's Rollie Fingers in the MVP voting, Henderson's fielding that season also earned him his only Gold Glove Award. Rickey Henderson later became known for his showboating "snatch catches," in which he would flick his glove out at incoming fly balls, then whip his arm behind his back after making the catch.Henderson steals third base for the New York Yankees in 1988
In 1982, Henderson broke Lou Brock's modern major league record by stealing 130 bases, a total which has not been approached since. He stole 84 bases by the All-Star break; no player has stolen as many as 84 bases in an entire season since 1988, when Henderson himself stole 93. Tim Raines had the next highest stolen base total in 1982 behind Henderson's 130 steals, with 78.
As his muscular frame developed, Henderson continued to improve as a hitter. He developed an increased power-hitting ability, which would eventually lead to the record for home runs to lead off a game. For his career, he would hit more than 20 home runs in four different seasons, with a high of 28 in 1986 and again in 1990.
NY Yankees (1985–1989)
In 1985, Henderson was traded to the New York Yankees for five players. That year he led the league in runs scored (146) and stolen bases (80), was fourth in the league in walks (99) and on base percentage (.419), and had 24 home runs while hitting .314. He also won the Silver Slugger Award, and was third in the voting for the MVP. His 146 runs scored were the most since Ted Williams had 150 in 1950. Henderson became the first player in Major League history to reach 80 stolen bases and 20 home runs in the 1985 season. He matched the feat in 1986, as did the Reds' Eric Davis; they remain the only players in Major League history who are in the "80/20 club."
In 1986, he led the AL in runs scored (130) and stolen bases (87) for the second year in a row, and was 7th in walks (89). In 1987, he had an off-season by his standards, fueling criticism from the New York media, which had never covered Henderson or his eccentricities kindly. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner issued a press release claiming that manager Lou Piniella wanted to trade Henderson for "jaking it" (playing lackadaisically). Still, Henderson had his best OBP to that point in his career (.423), and was fifth in the AL in stolen bases (41) despite playing only 95 games. In 1988, Henderson led the AL in stolen bases (93), was third in runs scored (118), fifth in OBP (.394), and seventh in walks (82), while hitting .305. While only in New York for four and a half seasons, Henderson stole 326 bases, still the Yankees franchise record.
Back to Oakland (1989–1993)
Following a mid-season trade to Oakland in 1989, Henderson reasserted himself as one of the game's greatest players, with a memorable half-season in which his 52 steals and 72 runs scored led the A's into the postseason. His 126 walks for the year were the most for any AL hitter since 1970. With a record 8 steals in five games, Henderson was MVP of the American League Championship Series; he hit .400 while scoring 8 runs and delivering two home runs, 5 RBI, 7 walks and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Leading the A's to a four-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants and the franchise's first World Series title since 1974, Henderson hit .474 with a .895 slugging average (including two triples and a homer), while stealing three more bases.
A year later, Henderson finished second in the league in batting average with a mark of .325, losing out to George Brett on the final day of the season. Henderson had a remarkably consistent season, with his batting average falling below .320 for only one game, the third of the year. Reaching safely by a hit or a walk in 125 of his 136 games, his on-base average was a league-leading .439. With 119 runs scored, 28 homers, 61 RBI and 65 stolen bases, Rickey Henderson won the 1990 MVP award and helped Oakland to another pennant. He again performed well in the World Series (.333 batting, .667 slugging, 3 steals in 4 games), but the A's were swept by the underdog Cincinnati Reds.
On May 1, 1991, Henderson stole his 939th base to become the sport's all-time stolen base leader.
In July 1993 he was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the playoff-bound Toronto Blue Jays for Steve Karsay and José Herrera. After winning his second World Series ring with Toronto, Henderson re-signed as a free agent with Oakland in December 1993. 
In 1994 and 1995, Henderson finished in the top 10 in the league in walks, steals, and on base percentage. His .300 average in 1995 marked his sixth and final season in the American League with a .300 or better average. He signed with San Diego in the offseason, where he had another respectable year in 1996, again finishing in the top ten in walks, OBP and steals, and runs. In August 1997, he was traded by the Padres to the Anaheim Angels for Ryan Hancock and Stevenson Agosto; his brief stint as an Angel was uneventful. In January 1998, he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics, the fourth different time he played for the franchise. That season he led the American League in stolen bases (66) and walks (118), while scoring 101 runs.
A year later, Henderson signed as a free agent with the New York Mets. In 1999, he batted .315 with 37 steals and was 7th in the National League in on base percentage — his .423 OBP was his 9th year in a row above .400. Nonetheless, Henderson and the Mets were an uneasy fit, and in May 2000 he was released by the team. He quickly signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners. Despite the late start, he finished fourth in the AL in stolen bases (31).
2001–2003Henderson with Boston in 2002
A free agent in March 2001, he returned to the San Diego Padres. During the 2001 season, Henderson broke two major league records and reached a career milestone. He broke Babe Ruth's all-time record for walks, Ty Cobb's all-time record for runs (doing so with a home run), and on the final day of the season, he had his 3,000th career hit. That final game was also Padre legend Tony Gwynn's last major league game, and Rickey had originally wanted to sit out so as not to detract from the occasion, but Gwynn insisted that Henderson play. At the age of 42, in his last substantial major league season, Henderson finished the year with 25 stolen bases, ninth in the NL. It also marked Rickey Henderson's 23rd consecutive season with more than 20 steals. Of the ten top base stealers who were still active as of 2002, all nine of the others stole fewer bases in 2002 than the 42-year-old Henderson.
In February 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox, where he became the oldest player to play center field in major league history when he stood in for starter Johnny Damon. Henderson's arrival was marked by a statistical oddity; since his debut season in 1979 through the 2001 season, he had stolen more bases by himself than his new team had: 1,395 steals for Rickey, 1,382 for the Boston franchise. At 43, Rickey was the oldest player in the American League.
As the 2003 season began, Henderson was without a team for the first time in his career. He played in the independent Atlantic League with the Newark Bears, hoping for a chance with another major league organization. After much media attention, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him over the All-Star break.
Before the 2003 season, his last, Henderson discussed his reputation for hanging onto his lengthy baseball career:
- "Each and every day I set a record, but we never talk about it. We'll talk about a home run hitter 24/7. Well, they haven't broken any all-time records, but they hit homers, and that's what matters nowadays. You continue playing, you accomplish a lot, and you'd think people would look at it as a fantastic career. Instead, I think people want me to quit more than anything. (chuckle)"
Henderson played his last major league game September 19, 2003; he was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance, and came around to score his 2,295th run. Though it became increasingly unlikely that he would return to major league action, his status continued to confound, as he publicly debated his own official retirement from professional baseball..
After leaving the Dodgers, Henderson started his second consecutive season with the Newark Bears in the spring of 2004. In 91 games he had a .462 OBP, more than twice as many walks (96) as strikeouts (41), and stole 37 bases while being caught only twice.
On May 9, 2005, Rickey signed with the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the Golden Baseball League, a Class-A independent league. This was the SurfDawgs' and the Golden Baseball League's inaugural season and Henderson helped the SurfDawgs to the league championship. In 73 games he had a .456 OBP, 73 walks while striking out 43 times, and 16 steals while being caught only twice.
Henderson would not accept the end of his MLB career. In May 2005, he was still insisting that he is capable of playing in the major leagues. It was reported by NBC and ESPN that Henderson had announced his much-delayed official retirement on December 6, 2005, but this was denied by his agent the following day. On February 10, 2006, Henderson accepted a position as a hitting instructor for the New York Mets, while leaving the door open to returning as a player. In July 2006, Henderson discussed an offer he'd received to rejoin the SurfDawgs for the 2006 season, which would have been his 31st in professional baseball, but suggested he'd had enough. But six weeks later, on August 11, Henderson claimed "It's sort of weird not to be playing, but I decided to take a year off," adding, "I can't say I will retire. My heart is still in it... I still love the game right now, so I'm going to wait it out and see what happens."
On May 8, 2007, Henderson again expressed his unquenchable desire to return to major league action: "I see Roger [Clemens] can come back and play. I can come back and play. They say I've done too much... I might come out with some crazy stuff, a press conference telling every club, 'Put me on the field with your best player and see if I come out of it.' If I can't do it, I'll call it quits at the end... I just want a spring training invite... I'm through, really. I'm probably through with it now. It's just one of those things. I thank the good Lord I played as long as I played and came out of it healthy. I took a lot of pounding."
On May 18, 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oakland general manager Billy Beane was considering adding Henderson to the roster for one game in September, provided it did not "infringe on the integrity of the roster or of the season," so that Henderson could retire as an Oakland A's player. A month later, Henderson appeared to reject the overture, saying, "One day? I don't want one day. I want to play again, man. I don't want nobody's spot... I just want to see if I deserve to be out there. If I don't, just get rid of me, release me. And if I belong, you don't have to pay me but the minimum — and I'll donate every penny of that to some charity. So, how's that hurtin' anybody?... Don't say goodbye for me... When I want that one day they want to give me so bad, I'll let you know.""
Contrary to speculation, Henderson's refusal to officially retire was not delaying his eligibility for Hall of Fame induction; the five-year waiting period is based on major league service only. Henderson will become eligible for the 2009 induction vote, provided he does not return to major league play.
Henderson finally conceded his "official retirement" on July 13, 2007: "I haven't submitted retirement papers to MLB, but I think MLB already had their papers that I was retired." Characteristically, he added, "If it was a situation where we were going to win the World Series and I was the only player that they had left, I would put on the shoes."
The New York Mets hired Henderson as a special instructor in 2006, primarily to work with hitters and to teach basestealing. Henderson's impact was noticeable on Jose Reyes, the Mets' current leadoff hitter. "I always want to be around the game," Henderson said in May 2007. "That's something that's in my blood. Helping them have success feels just as good."
On July 13, 2007, the New York Mets promoted Henderson from special instructor to first base coach, replacing Howard Johnson, who became the hitting coach. Henderson was not retained as a coach for 2008.
Illeism, malapropism and anecdotes
Henderson was known for being an illeist; teammates reported seeing Henderson standing naked in front of a mirror before a game, practicing his swing, and declaring, "Rickey's the best! Rickey's the best!" In 2003, he discussed his unusual habit, saying, "People are always saying, 'Rickey says Rickey.' But it's been blown way out of proportion. I say it when I don't do what I need to be doing. I use it to remind myself, like, `Rickey, what you doing, you stupid....' I'm just scolding myself."
In 2001, he described a long single this way: "I hit it out, but it didn't go out." Another time, Steve Finley offered a seat to Rickey on the team bus, saying that Henderson had tenure. To which Rickey replied, "Ten years? What are you talking about? Rickey got 16, 17 years."
Another story occurred while Henderson was playing for the Oakland A's. Team bookkeepers could not account for a $1 million discrepancy in their finances. The mysterious figure was eventually traced to Henderson, who had received the sum as a signing bonus. Instead of cashing the check, he had it framed, and it still hung on his wall.
One widely reported story, according to Salon.com, was a fabrication which began as a clubhouse joke by a visiting player. While playing for Seattle in 2000, Henderson supposedly went up to John Olerud, and remarked on Olerud's practice of wearing a batting helmet out on the field, noting that "Rickey used to have a teammate in Toronto who did the same thing," to which Olerud was said to have replied, "That was me." The two men had been together the previous season, with the 1999 New York Mets, as well as with the 1993 World Champion Blue Jays. ESPN and Sports Illustrated both originally reported the story as fact.
LegacyIt took a long time, huh? (Pause for cheers.) First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity. I want to thank the Haas family, the Oakland organization, the city of Oakland, and all you beautiful fans for supporting me. (Pauses for cheers). Most of all, I'd like to thank my mom, my friends, and loved ones for their support. I want to give my appreciation to Tom Trebelhornand the late Billy Martin. Billy Martin was a great manager. He was a great friend to me. I love you, Billy. I wish you were here. (Pauses for cheers.) Lou Brock was the symbol of great base stealing. But today, I'm the greatest of all time. Thank you.
Rickey Henderson's full speech after breaking Lou Brock's record.
On May 1, 1991, Henderson broke one of baseball's most famous records when he stole the 939th base of his career, one more than Lou Brock. However, Henderson's achievement was somewhat overshadowed because Nolan Ryan, at age 44, set a record that same night by throwing a no-hitter against Toronto, the seventh of his career. Two years earlier, Ryan had previously achieved glory at Henderson's expense by making him his 5,000th strikeout victim. Henderson took an odd delight in the occurrence, saying, "If you haven't been struck out by Nolan Ryan, you're nobody."
Rickey's speech (at right) after breaking Lou Brock's all-time steals record sounds like the standard victory/award speech. Henderson thanked God and his mother, as well as the people that helped him in baseball. All that is remembered, however, is the "I am the greatest of all time" quote, which has been taken by many to support the notion that Henderson is selfish and arrogant. Years later, Henderson revealed that he had gone over his planned remarks ahead of time with Brock, and the Cardinals Hall of Famer "had no problem with it. In fact, he helped me write what I was going to say that day."
As it now stands, however, Henderson has 468 more stolen bases than Brock. For his career, Henderson has 50% more stolen bases (1,406) than the sport's all-time runner-up (938). Just the difference in the two men's totals would place in the Top 25 on the all-time modern list. The proportional margin is one of the greatest for any career statistical category in professional sport.
Henderson has mixed feelings about his comments:
- "As soon as I said it, it ruined everything. Everybody thought it was the worst thing you could ever say. Those words haunt me to this day, and will continue to haunt me. They overshadow what I've accomplished in this game."
Asked if he believes the passage of time will improve his reputation, Henderson said:
- "If you talk about baseball, you can't eliminate me, because I'm all over baseball... It's the truth. Telling the truth isn't being cocky. What do you want me to say, that I didn't put up the numbers? That my teams didn't win a lot of games? People don't want me to say anything about what I've done. Then why don't you say it? Because if I don't say it and you don't say it, nobody says it."
In his prime, Henderson had a virtual monopoly on the stolen base title in the American League. Between 1980 and 1991, he led the league in steals every season except 1987, when he missed part of the season due to a nagging hamstring injury, allowing Seattle Mariners second baseman Harold Reynolds to win the title. He had one more league-leading season after that stretch, when his 66 steals in 1998 made him the oldest SB leader in baseball history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henderson also owns the record for times caught stealing (335). It should be noted that caught stealing totals went largely unrecorded until 1920; it is therefore statistically likely that Eddie Collins (7th in steals) was thrown out more times than Henderson. However, Henderson's overall 81% success rate on the basepaths is among the highest percentages in history. (Tim Raines ranks first among players with at least 300 career attempts, with 84%.)
On July 29, 1989, Henderson stole 5 bases against the Seattle Mariners' left-handed Randy Johnson, his career high, and one shy of the single-game MLB record. Unusually, Henderson was 0–0 in the game (he had four walks). Henderson had eighteen 4-steal games during his career. In August 1983, in a 3-game series against the Brewers and a 2-game series versus the Yankees, Henderson had 13 stolen bases in 5 games.
Longtime scout Charlie Metro remembered the havoc caused by Henderson: '"I did a lot of study and I found that it's impossible to throw Rickey Henderson out. I started using stopwatches and everything. I found it was impossible to throw some other guys out also. They can go from first to second in 2.9 seconds; and no pitcher catcher combination in baseball could throw from here to there to tag second in 2.9 seconds, it was always 3, 3.1, 3.2. So actually, the runner that can make the continuous, regular move like Rickey's can't be thrown out, and he's proven it."
- "He stole all those bases and scored all those runs and played all those years not because of his body, but because of his brain. Rickey could tell from the faintest, most undetectable twitch of a pitcher's muscles whether he was going home or throwing over to first. He understood that conditioning isn't about strength, but about flexibility. And more than anyone else in the history of the game, he understood that baseball is entirely a game of discipline — the discipline to work endless 1–1 counts your way, the discipline to understand that your job is to get on base, and the discipline to understand that the season is more important than the game, and a career more important than the season. Maybe he'd get a bit more credit for all this if he were some boring drip like Cal Ripken Jr., blathering on endlessly about humility and apple pie and tradition and whatever else, but we're all better off with things the way they are... Everyone had their fun when he broke Lou Brock's stolen base record and proclaimed, 'I am the greatest', but he was, of course, just saying what was plainly true."
Henderson was an All-Star in 10 of his first 12 seasons. Henderson earned a second World championship ring with the Toronto Blue Jays, who acquired him in midseason from Oakland, in 1993 for Steve Karsay. In fact, Henderson was the first of two men on base (the other was Paul Molitor) when Joe Carter hit his legendary walkoff home run to end the World Series. Henderson's stint in Toronto was nevertheless nothing to write home about. After hitting .215 in 44 games, he returned to Oakland where he remained for two years, and made a 3rd return to Oakland in 1998, where he led the American League in stolen bases for a record 12th time at age 39. He also scored 101 runs, his 13th and final season topping 100. That season he also led the league in walks with 118.
To date, Henderson ranks 4th all-time in games played (3,081), 10th in at-bats (10,961), 20th in hits (3,055), and first in runs scored (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406). His record for most walks all-time (2,190) has since been broken by Barry Bonds; Henderson is now second. He also holds the record for most home runs to lead off a game, with 81; Houston's Craig Biggio has the second-most ever, with 53. During the 2003 season, Henderson surpassed Babe Ruth for the career record in secondary bases (total bases compiled from extra base hits, walks, stolen bases, and hit by pitch). In 1993, he led off both games of a doubleheader with homers. At the time of his last major league game, Henderson was still in the all-time Top 100 home run hitters, with 297. Bill James wrote in 2000, "Without exaggerating one inch, you could find fifty Hall of Famers who, all taken together, don't own as many records, and as many important records, as Rickey Henderson."
Henderson is baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases before the age of 30. He is also its all-time leader after the age of 30. His 8 steals during the 1989 ALCS broke Lou Brock's postseason record for a single series. Henderson's record for the most postseason stolen bases (33 in 60 games) was broken by Kenny Lofton's 34th career steal during the 2007 ALCS; Lofton needed 91 games to top Henderson's mark.
Henderson is the only American League player to steal more than 100 bases in a single season. He is the all-time stolen base leader for two different franchises: the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. He had four separate tenures with the Oakland A's. Henderson, Tim Raines, and Ted Williams are the only three players to have stolen bases in four separate decades. (Strangely, Williams only had 24 stolen bases in his entire career.)
In 1999, before breaking the career records for runs scored and walks, Henderson was ranked number 51 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2005, The Sporting News updated their 100 Greatest Players list, and Henderson had inched up to number 50. Asked to choose the best player in history, Henderson declined, saying, "There are guys who have done different things very well, but I don't know of anyone who mastered everything." Offered the chance to assess his own placement among the game's greats, he said, "I haven't mastered the homers or RBI. The little things, I probably mastered." Of his various records and achievements, Henderson values his career runs scored mark the most: "You have to score to win."
RecordsCareer record Stat Stolen bases 1,406Caught stealing 335(*)Runs scored 2,295Consecutive seasons with at least one home run 25 Consecutive seasons with at least one stolen base 25 Consecutive seasons with at least 20 stolen bases 23 Consecutive seasons with at least 40 stolen bases 14 Games led off with a home run 81Unintentional walks 2129 Seasons by a non-pitcher since 1900 25
- (*)"Caught stealing" totals were not regularly recorded until 1920.
Highlights and awardsSeason highlights Times Year(s) American League stolen bases leader 12 1980–86, 1988–91, 1998 Major League stolen base leader 6 1980, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1998 Major League runs scored leader 5 1981, 1985–86, 1989–90 American League walks leader 4 1982–83, 1989, 1998 Major League times on base leader 1 301, in 1980 Major League on-base percentage leader 1 .439, in 1990 American League hits leader 1 135, in 1981 (strike shortened)
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- Manager Tom Trebelhorn on Rickey's minor league days
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Brian HunterAmerican League Stolen Base Champion
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Dave StewartPreceded by
Robin YountAmerican League Most Valuable Player
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Cal Ripken, Jr.Preceded by
Greg VaughnNL Comeback Player of the Year
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Lou BrockMajor League Baseballsingle season stolen baserecord holder
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Lou BrockMajor League Baseballcareer stolen baserecord holder
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Ty CobbMajor League Baseballcareer runs scoredrecord holder
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Babe RuthMajor League Baseballcareer bases on ballsrecord holder
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