December 25 – Happy Birthday Ricky Henderson

Ricky Henderson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Few have deserved the honor more. Just ask Ricky. Ricky will also tell you he was the best Christmas present Major League Baseball ever received. He was born in Chicago on Christmas Day in 1958. The all-time leader in stolen bases, runs scored, and walks, he was the Yankee left fielder for four and a half seasons, beginning in 1985. His career in pinstripes lasted a total of 596 games, during which he set both the single season (93) and all-time (326) Yankee marks for steals before returning to the Athletics during the 1989 season.

In all, Ricky played the game for 25 big-league seasons and wore nine different uniforms doing it. He ended up hitting .279 lifetime and garnered 1,406 stolen bases. His career stolen-base mark will be a tough one to surpass. Number two on the list is Lou Brock who stole 938. The closest active player is Juan Pierre, who played for the White Sox last season and now has 554 career steals. Boston’s Carl Crawford is currently next among active players with 427.

Ricky led the league in steals three different times while wearing the pinstripes. Coincidentally, the only other Yankee who did so was also born on Christmas Day as was this former Yankee third baseman.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1985 NYY 143 654 547 146 172 28 5 24 72 80 99 65 .314 .419 .516 .934
1986 NYY 153 701 608 130 160 31 5 28 74 87 89 81 .263 .358 .469 .827
1987 NYY 95 440 358 78 104 17 3 17 37 41 80 52 .291 .423 .497 .920
1988 NYY 140 647 554 118 169 30 2 6 50 93 82 54 .305 .394 .399 .793
1989 NYY 65 293 235 41 58 13 1 3 22 25 56 29 .247 .392 .349 .741
25 Yrs 3081 13346 10961 2295 3055 510 66 297 1115 1406 2190 1694 .279 .401 .419 .820
OAK (14 yrs) 1704 7481 6140 1270 1768 289 41 167 648 867 1227 915 .288 .409 .430 .839
NYY (5 yrs) 596 2735 2302 513 663 119 16 78 255 326 406 281 .288 .395 .455 .850
SDP (3 yrs) 359 1432 1132 243 277 45 5 23 98 91 277 236 .245 .399 .354 .753
NYM (2 yrs) 152 650 534 106 159 31 0 12 44 42 107 102 .298 .416 .423 .839
BOS (1 yr) 72 222 179 40 40 6 1 5 16 8 38 47 .223 .369 .352 .721
LAD (1 yr) 30 84 72 7 15 1 0 2 5 3 11 16 .208 .321 .306 .627
ANA (1 yr) 32 144 115 21 21 3 0 2 7 16 26 23 .183 .343 .261 .604
SEA (1 yr) 92 395 324 58 77 13 2 4 30 31 63 55 .238 .362 .327 .689
TOR (1 yr) 44 203 163 37 35 3 1 4 12 22 35 19 .215 .356 .319 .675
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/26/2013.

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