Henderson steals stolen base record

Rickey Henderson, left fielder of the Oakland Athletics passed Lou Brock‘s record for stolen bases in a single season on August 27, 1982. He stole four that day.

Henderson stole three bases in the 5-4 away loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. Doc Medich came away with the win after pitching eight innings and allowing four runs.

Henderson finished the season with 130 stolen bases. The only baseball player to steal more bases in one season was Hugh Nicol who played with the AA Cincinnati Red stockings. He stole 138 bases in 1887.

When the Chicago native ended his 25 year career, Henderson had represented his team in 10 All-Star games and was awarded American League Most Valuable Player in 1990. He stole over 1400 bases and was only caught 335 times.  He was also a part of two championship teams, the 1989 Athletics and the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays.

He played his last game at age 44 in September of 2003. Henderson’s achievements allowed him to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as well as receiving the honor of having his number retired by the Oakland Athletics in 2009.

Henderson said this after being Nolan Ryan‘s 5,000 career strikeout,  “It gave me no chance. He (Ryan) just blew it by me. But it’s an honor. I’ll have another paragraph in all the baseball books. I’m already in the books three or four times.”

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