Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1: Ricky Henderson

On this date in History ..... 1991:  

Rickey Henderson stole his 939th base and became sport’s all-time stolen base leader.  

Henderson also

  • holds the single-season record for stolen bases (130 in 1982)  
  • is the only player in AL history to steal 100 bases in a season, having done so three times. 
  • is the 1st and only player with 14 seasons of 50+ stolen bases per season and his career avg was 48.4 stolen bases per season.
  • holds the major league records for:
    • career stolen bases,
    •  runs scored,
    • unintentional walks and
    • leadoff home runs. 

A left handed player, he batted right handed because “"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."  

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