Rickey Henderson

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Call Rickey Henderson the "Man of Steal." In his 25 seasons as a major leaguer, Henderson was like a superman on the base paths. He set the all-time record for stolen bases midway through his career and has nearly 500 more steals to his credit than the next best player. Whenver he got on base, Henderson made the other team worry about what he would do. That aspect of his game, along with his speed and patience at the plate, made him arguably the game's greatest leadoff hitter. Henderson could be controversial at ...
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Call Rickey Henderson the "Man of Steal." In his 25 seasons as a major leaguer, Henderson was like a superman on the base paths. He set the all-time record for stolen bases midway through his career and has nearly 500 more steals to his credit than the next best player. Whenver he got on base, Henderson made the other team worry about what he would do. That aspect of his game, along with his speed and patience at the plate, made him arguably the game's greatest leadoff hitter. Henderson could be controversial at times, but he was known for his infectious smile, electrifying headfirst slides, and split-second catches. He was a run-producing entertainer who led his teams to victory in many exciting ways.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Base stealer Rickey Henderson's record-setting achievements are chronicled in this "Baseball Superstars" series volume. A Chicago, Illinois, native, young Henderson revealed how swiftly he could run while chasing chickens on his grandmother's Arkansas farm. Moving to Oakland, California, Henderson excelled athletically in sports programs at local Bushrod Park and Oakland Technical High School. Although he aspired to play college and then professional football, seventeen-year-old Henderson accepted a minor league baseball contract when the Oakland Athletics drafted him in 1976. Henderson began playing major league baseball in 1979, initiating a quarter century career during which he was a player for nine major league teams. He was the 1990 American League Most Valuable Player and played on two World Series championship teams. The aging Henderson played for independent baseball league teams from 2003 to 2005 and accepted specialty coaching assignments for the New York Mets in 2007. This biography emphasizes Henderson's efforts to surpass stolen base records, accumulating 1,406 total steals, and highlights facts supporting Henderson's qualification for future National Baseball Hall of Fame induction. Illustrations depict Henderson playing for various teams, with one showing him displaying a stolen base. Sidebars explain base stealing techniques and information relevant to Henderson and his baseball experiences. Statistics document Henderson's major league years. Other supplementary sections include a chronology, glossary, bibliography, and recommended web sites. This book lacks notes to specify quotation sources. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791096017
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Baseball Superstars Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

A Superstar with Style     1
Oakland's Own     10
Hometown Hero     20
In the Big Apple     33
Glory Days     44
Most Valuable Player     56
Chasing History     67
On to the Hall     82
Statistics     94
Chronology and Timeline     96
Glossary     100
Bibliography     105
Further Reading     107
Index     110
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