DavidGreen
Posted by DavidGreen
Aug 29, 2019

Introduction

On this date in sports history (August 27th, 1982), Rickey Henderson, of the Oakland Athletics, surpassed Lou Brock to earn the record for most stolen bases in a season with 119. That legendary steal came against Milwaukee Brewer’s pitcher, Doc Medich, and catcher, Ted Simmons. Henderson went on to steal 130 bases throughout the 1982 season which still stands as the current record for the most stolen bases over the course of a single season.

The amazing and speedy outfielder also owns the record for most career stolen bases in Major League Baseball history with 1,406. He got on base quite a bit during his 25 year MLB career. He has the second most walks in MLB history with 2,190 behind Barry Bonds who has recorded 2,558 base on balls throughout his legendary career. Henderson got on base 5,343 times in his career and by having 1,406 stolen bases that means he stole a base an unbelievable 26.3% percent of the time he made it aboard on average.

Career Accomplishments and Honors

Henderson was selected to the MLB All Star game ten times (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991). He is a two time World Series champion (1989, 1993). He won the American League MVP Award in 1990 and the American League Championship Series MVP Award in 1989, while also earning himself a Gold Glove Award in 1981 as well as three MLB Silver Slugger Awards (1981, 1985, 1990).

Miraculously, Henderson was the AL stolen base leader 12 times (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998). His number 24 was retired by the Oakland Athletics. He was inducted into the Oakland A’s Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 as a first ballot inductee.

Career Statistics

Year Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP
1979 OAK AL 89 398 351 49 96 13 3 1 26 33 11 34 39 0.274 0.338 0.336 0.675 88 118 2
1980 OAK AL 158 722 591 111 179 22 4 9 53 100 26 117 54 0.303 0.42 0.399 0.82 135 236 5
1981 OAK AL 108 493 423 89 135 18 7 6 35 56 22 64 68 0.319 0.408 0.437 0.845 151 185 2
1982 OAK AL 149 656 536 119 143 24 4 10 51 130 42 116 94 0.267 0.398 0.382 0.78 122 205 2
1983 OAK AL 145 622 513 105 150 25 7 9 48 108 19 103 80 0.292 0.414 0.421 0.835 139 216 4
1984 OAK AL 142 597 502 113 147 27 4 16 58 66 18 86 81 0.293 0.399 0.458 0.857 146 230 5
1985 NYY AL 143 654 547 146 172 28 5 24 72 80 10 99 65 0.314 0.419 0.516 0.934 157 282 3
1986 NYY AL 153 701 608 130 160 31 5 28 74 87 18 89 81 0.263 0.358 0.469 0.827 125 285 2
1987 NYY AL 95 440 358 78 104 17 3 17 37 41 8 80 52 0.291 0.423 0.497 0.92 145 178 2
1988 NYY AL 140 647 554 118 169 30 2 6 50 93 13 82 54 0.305 0.394 0.399 0.793 124 221 3
1989 TOT AL 150 674 541 113 148 26 3 12 57 77 14 126 68 0.274 0.411 0.399 0.81 132 216 3
1989 NYY AL 65 293 235 41 58 13 1 3 22 25 8 56 29 0.247 0.392 0.349 0.741 112 82 1
1989 OAK AL 85 381 306 72 90 13 2 9 35 52 6 70 39 0.294 0.425 0.438 0.863 148 134 2
1990 OAK AL 136 594 489 119 159 33 3 28 61 65 10 97 60 0.325 0.439 0.577 1.016 189 282 4
1991 OAK AL 134 578 470 105 126 17 1 18 57 58 18 98 73 0.268 0.4 0.423 0.823 135 199 7
1992 OAK AL 117 500 396 77 112 18 3 15 46 48 11 95 56 0.283 0.426 0.457 0.883 155 181 6
1993 TOT AL 134 610 481 114 139 22 2 21 59 53 8 120 65 0.289 0.432 0.474 0.906 148 228 4
1993 OAK AL 90 407 318 77 104 19 1 17 47 31 6 85 46 0.327 0.469 0.553 1.023 182 176 2
1993 TOR AL 44 203 163 37 35 3 1 4 12 22 2 35 19 0.215 0.356 0.319 0.675 83 52 2
1994 OAK AL 87 376 296 66 77 13 0 6 20 22 7 72 45 0.26 0.411 0.365 0.776 111 108 5
1995 OAK AL 112 487 407 67 122 31 1 9 54 32 10 72 66 0.3 0.407 0.447 0.855 132 182 4
1996 SDP NL 148 602 465 110 112 17 2 9 29 37 15 125 90 0.241 0.41 0.344 0.754 108 160 10
1997 TOT MLB 120 509 403 84 100 14 0 8 34 45 8 97 85 0.248 0.4 0.342 0.742 101 138 6
1997 SDP NL 88 365 288 63 79 11 0 6 27 29 4 71 62 0.274 0.422 0.375 0.797 118 108 4
1997 ANA AL 32 144 115 21 21 3 0 2 7 16 4 26 23 0.183 0.343 0.261 0.604 60 30 2
1998 OAK AL 152 670 542 101 128 16 1 14 57 66 13 118 114 0.236 0.376 0.347 0.723 94 188 5
1999 NYM NL 121 526 438 89 138 30 0 12 42 37 14 82 82 0.315 0.423 0.466 0.889 128 204 2
2000 TOT MLB 123 519 420 75 98 14 2 4 32 36 11 88 75 0.233 0.368 0.305 0.673 78 128 4
2000 NYM NL 31 124 96 17 21 1 0 0 2 5 2 25 20 0.219 0.387 0.229 0.616 64 22 2
2000 SEA AL 92 395 324 58 77 13 2 4 30 31 9 63 55 0.238 0.362 0.327 0.689 82 106 2
2001 SDP NL 123 465 179 379 70 86 17 3 8 42 25 7 81 0.227 0.366 0.351 0.717 95 133 3
2002 BOS AL 72 222 179 40 40 6 1 5 16 8 2 38 47 0.223 0.369 0.352 0.721 92 63 4
2003 LAD NL 30 84 72 7 15 1 0 2 5 3 0 11 16 0.208 0.321 0.306 0.627 70 22 1
25 Y 25 Y 25 Y 3081 13346 10961 2295 3055 510 66 297 1115 1406 335 2190 1694 0.279 0.401 0.419 0.82 127 4588 98
162  162  162  162 702 576 121 161 27 3 16 59 74 18 115 89 0.279 0.401 0.419 0.82 127 241 5
      G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP
OAK  OAK  OAK  1704 7481 6140 1270 1768 289 41 167 648 867 219 1227 915 0.288 0.409 0.43 0.839 137 2640 55
NYY  NYY  NYY  596 2735 2302 513 663 119 16 78 255 326 57 406 281 0.288 0.395 0.455 0.85 135 1048 11
SDP  SDP  SDP  359 1432 1132 243 277 45 5 23 98 91 26 277 236 0.245 0.399 0.354 0.753 106 401 17
NYM  NYM  NYM  152 650 534 106 159 31 0 12 44 42 16 107 102 0.298 0.416 0.423 0.839 117 226 4
BOS  BOS  BOS  72 222 179 40 40 6 1 5 16 8 2 38 47 0.223 0.369 0.352 0.721 92 63 4
LAD  LAD  LAD  30 84 72 7 15 1 0 2 5 3 0 11 16 0.208 0.321 0.306 0.627 70 22 1
ANA  ANA  ANA  32 144 115 21 21 3 0 2 7 16 4 26 23 0.183 0.343 0.261 0.604 60 30 2
SEA  SEA  SEA  92 395 324 58 77 13 2 4 30 31 9 63 55 0.238 0.362 0.327 0.689 82 106 2
TOR  TOR  TOR  44 203 163 37 35 3 1 4 12 22 2 35 19 0.215 0.356 0.319 0.675 83 52 2
                                             
AL ( AL ( AL ( 2540 11180 9223 1939 2604 433 61 260 968 1270 293 1795 1340 0.282 0.401 0.427 0.828 131 3939 76
NL ( NL ( NL ( 541 2166 1738 356 451 77 5 37 147 136 42 395 354 0.259 0.401 0.373 0.774 108 649 22

Sources:

“Oakland Athletics’ Throwback: Rickey Henderson Steals 119th Base to Set Record”, Katrina Hamrick, August 27, 2015.

“Nobody will catch Rickey's record”, Rob Neyer, espn.com, January 11, 2009.

“Rickey Henderson”, baseball-reference.com, August 27, 2019.

Comments

smoothgrh
smoothgrh Aug 29, 2019

This was an exciting time in my life as a fan of the Oakland A's. Billy Martin was directing the team to do things rarely seen in baseball, including letting Henderson run free. He certainly had the talent to steal bases, but with the A's having below-average hitting talent, Martin give Rickey the perfect atmosphere to attain record-breaking numbers.

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