» June 27, 1916: Boston's Babe Ruth allows two runs in the first inning, but settles down to beat the A's, 7-2, while striking out 10. Red Sox infielder Larry Gardner is caught stealing three times, the 2nd time this year that A's catchers have caught a base runner three times (New York's Fritz Maisel, April 26). On June 29th, Lee Magee will be caught three times by the A's while trying to steal, and not until Rickey Henderson, in 1982, will an AL runner be cut down thrice in a game.
» June 11, 1927:
Fred Werber of the Augusta Tigers (South Atlantic) sets a minor league record by stealing seven bases. The record will be equaled by Lee Mazzilli and Rickey Henderson.
» July 22, 1960: At Fenway the Red Sox down the Indians 64. Vic Wertz has a 3-run homer and four RBIs. Ted Williams also homers and, in the 7th inning, steals 2B. Williams sets a major-league record as the only player to steal bases in four consecutive decades: he'll be match by Rickey Henderson in 2000. Jimmy Piersall homers twice, both off winner Ike Delock.
» June 8, 1976: The Houston Astros, picking first in the baseball draft, select Arizona State P Floyd Bannister, TSN's College Player of the Year. Bannister is one of 12 eventual major leaguers from the ASU team, which finished 3rd in the College World Series. The Tigers take P Pat Underwood with the 2nd pick. OF Rickey Henderson lasts until the 4th round.
» May 26, 1977: Rickey Henderson of the Modesto A's (California League) steals seven bases to tie the minor league record. Henderson will steal 95 in 134 games.
» June 24, 1979: Rickey Henderson makes his ML debut for Oakland in a 51 loss to Texas in the first game of a doubleheader. Henderson has a single and double in four at bats, and steals the first base of his ML career.
» July 13, 1979: California's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inning, and each settle for one-hit victories: 61 over New York, and 20 over Oakland, respectively. Rickey Henderson has the one-out hit off Renko.
» September 8, 1979: In Oakland's 21 win over the White Sox, A's Rob Picciolo (.234 career) gets his only intentional walk as the Sox elect to pitch to rookie Rickey Henderson. Rickey walks in a run to beat the Sox. Picciolo will have just 25 career walks in nine seasons (as noted by Dave Smith).
» April 20, 1980: In a 61 win over California, Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals home.
» May 28, 1980: In Oakland's 63 win over Kansas City, Dwayne Murphy and Rickey Henderson steal home in the first inning, tying a ML record. It was last done in the American League by Minnesota, May 18, 1969: In the National League the last time was the Cardinals, September 19, 1925.
» September 30, 1980: A's OF Rickey Henderson sets the AL single-season stolen base record with his 97th in a 51 win over the White Sox, breaking Ty Cobb's record of 96 set in 1915. Henderson will finish the season with 100 stolen bases.
» January 2, 1981: At Ponce, (Puerto Rican League) Santurce beats Ponce, 114. Ponce's Rickey Henderson steals his 41st and 42nd bases, breaking the old league record of 41 set by Carlos Bernier in the 1949-50 season. Henderson will finish the season with 44 stolen bases.
» November 25, 1981: Rollie Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP Award, edging Oakland's Rickey Henderson 319-308.
» June 1, 1982: Rickey Henderson steals two bases in a 32 win over the Red Sox to give him 51 steals in 51 games, the fastest anyone has ever reached 50 SBs in a season.
» July 27, 1982: Against California, Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 95th base but gets caught stealing three times in an 87, 13 inning California win. Not since 1916, has an American Leaguer been thrown out three times in a game. Rickey will be thrown out 42 times this year, breaking the mark of 38 caught steals set by Ty Cobb in 1915. Bob Boone, who is behind the plate, homers for the Angels. Reggie Jackson and Brian Downing homer and Jax adds two doubles.
» August 2, 1982: Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season in a 65 win over Seattle, tying the American League record he set last season and leaving him with 56 games to break Lou Brock's single-season record of 118. Henderson is the first player ever to steal 100 bases twice.
» August 27, 1982: Rickey Henderson steals four bases in Oakland's 54 loss to Milwaukee to raise his total to 122 and break Lou Brock's single-season record of 118. The record-breaking 119th steal comes off pitcher Doc Medich and catcher Ted Simmons on a 3rd-inning pitchout. Milwaukee is now six 1/2 games ahead in the American League East.
» August 21, 1983: Class A outfielders Vince Coleman (Macon, South Atlantic League) and Donnell Nixon (Bakersfield, California League) each break Rickey Henderson's single-season record by stealing their 131st bases of the season. Coleman will finish the season with minor-league record 145 stolen bases, despite having missed 31 games with a broken hand. Nixon will tally 144. Jeff Stone (South Atlantic League) will swipe 123 while Len Dykstra will set a Class A Carolina League record with 105 thefts.
» September 9, 1983:
Oakland's first two batter, Rickey Henderson and Mike Davis, line homers off Toronto's Jim Clancy. It turns out to be the margin of difference in a 75 win.
» September 13, 1983:
Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals three bases in a 65 win over Texas to give him 101 for the season and a ML-record three consecutive seasons with 100 or more.
» December 5, 1984: The A's send base-stealing OF Rickey Henderson and P Bert Bradley to the Yankees in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, OF Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk. On the same day, the Yankees trade C Rick Cerone to the Braves for P Brian Fisher.
» September 25, 1985: Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the season in the Yankees 102 win over Detroit, breaking the club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.
» April 5, 1988: Before 55,802 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees score six runs off Frank Viola in five innings to top the Twins, 80. Rick Rhoden allows three hits in nine innings for the win. Roberto Kelly and Willie Randolph each have three hits, while Mike Pagliarulo and Rickey Henderson belt homers.
» June 4, 1988: Rickey Henderson steals two bases in New York's 76, 14-inning loss to the Orioles, giving him a club-record 249 as a Yankee.
» September 11, 1988: The Yankees edge the Tigers, 54 in 18 innings. Steve Shields gets the win in relief. Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 American League record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF.
» April 9, 1989: Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in New York's 43 loss to the Indians.
» June 20, 1989: The Yankees trade OF Rickey Henderson back to the A's for journeymen pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and OF Luis Polonia.
» July 29, 1989:
Oakland's formidable Rickey Henderson has no official at bats, but scores four times on four walks and five stolen bases. It's all for naught as the Mariners swamp Oakland, 146. Randy Johnson is the winner.
» August 22, 1989: Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson in the 5th inning of a 20 loss to Oakland to become the only pitcher in ML history to strike out 5,000 batters. Ryan (137) strikes out 13 but loses to Welch (14-7), who K's nine in eight innings.
» October 4, 1989:
Rickey Henderson swipes four bases as Oakland beats Toronto again 63.
» October 7, 1989:
Two Rickey Henderson home runs and a Jose Canseco upper deck home run give Oakland a 65 win.
» October 8, 1989: Oakland beats Toronto 43 to win the ALCS 4-1 and advance to the World Series for the 2nd straight year. Rickey Henderson, who hit .400 with eight stolen bases, is named series MVP.
» April 20, 1990:
Seattle's Brian Holman has a perfect no-hitter for 82/3 innings but loses it on his first pitch to the A's Ken Phelps. Phelps hits a home run, but then Holman fans Rickey Henderson for a 61 win.
» May 9, 1990: At New York, the A's edge the Yankees, 21 in 11 innings. Rickey Henderson plates the first run, scoring from 2B on a 63 ground out. Rick Honeycutt is the winning pitcher.
» May 29, 1990: Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland's 21 loss to the Blue Jays, surpassing Ty Cobb as the American League's all-time leader. Lou Brock's mark of 938 is next.
» October 2, 1990: Oakland's Bob Welch wins his 27th game of the year, beating California, 64. The two Hendersons -- Dave Henderson and Rickey Henderson - score five runs. Welch wins his 27 in just 238 innings, a ML-record average of one win per nine innings, the only pitcher to do so. Welch had no wins out of the bullpen (as noted by Bill Deane), unlike Bob Grim, who won 20 games in 1954 in 199 IP.
» November 20, 1990: Oakland's Rickey Henderson edges Detroit's Cecil Fielder for the American League MVP Award. Henderson hit .325 with 28 home runs and a ML-best 65 stolen bases.
» May 1, 1991:
Oakland's Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock's all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him, Henderson modestly proclaims, "Lou Brock was certainly a great basestealer, but today I'm the greatest of all time." In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan, Henderson had been the victim of Ryan's 5,000th career strikeout.
» May 30, 1991: OF Rickey Henderson of the A's hits a leadoff home run against Todd Stottlemyre of Toronto. It is the 46th time he has started a game with a homer, extending his major league record. Oakland defeats the Blue Jays, 8-6.
» June 16, 1991: In a 7-6 loss to Montreal, the Braves' Otis Nixon steals six bases to set a new National League mark, and tie the major league record of Eddie Collins, who did it twice in 1912. Nixon singles to lead off the 9th and steals 2nd. After two are out, he steals 3B uncontested. Told afterwards he had tied the record, a surprised Nixon remarks, "I thought the record was held by Rickey Henderson or Vince Coleman. I don't know who this guy (Collins) is."
» September 29, 1991: Rickey Henderson hits safely in each of the first five innings as Oakland scores 18 runs. Rickey has singles in the first, second, third and fourth innings before hitting a home run in the fifth. He is pinch-hit for in the seventh, leaving with four runs and four RBIs. Oakland wins over Texas, 195, inflicting much of the damage (8 runs) on starter Kevin Brown.
» May 1, 1992: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals the 1,000th base of his career in the 1st inning of the A's 76 win over Detroit. Mark McGwire adds a homer and Jeff Parrett (40) picks up the win when the A's score a run in the 8th.
» June 12, 1993:
The first two batters for Oakland, Rickey Henderson and Craig Paquette, homer off Minnesota's Jim Deshaies, but that is all the scoring the A's can muster. Minnesota wins, 72.
» June 16, 1993:
Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals his 24th base of the year in the Athletics' 4-0 loss to the White Sox. The SB is the 1,066th of his career, making him the world's all-time leader, surpassing the total of 1,065 of Yutaka Fukumoto, who played in Japan from 1970 to 1988.
» July 5, 1993: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson leads off both games of the A's doubleheader against the Indians with home runs. It is the 1st time this has happened since 1913, when Harry Hooper performed the feat for the Boston Red Sox. The Athletics win the 1st game, 6-5, but the Indians come back to take the nightcap, 6-2.
» July 31, 1993:
Toronto obtains OF Rickey Henderson from the Athletics in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera.
» August 13, 1993: Rickey Henderson, recently traded to Toronto by Oakland, gives teammate Turner Ward $25,000 for uniform No. 24. Henderson had complained that he was having trouble hitting with No. 14 on his back.
» December 17, 1993: The Athletics sign OF Rickey Henderson.
» December 29, 1995: The Padres sign free agent OF Rickey Henderson to a 2-year contract.
» April 1, 1997: The Padres score 11 runs in the 6th inning against the Mets, going on to win, 12-5. Three consecutive home runs -- by Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson, and Quilvio Veras -- are the inning's big blows. The 11 runs ties a 3-year-old record for the most scored in an inning on Opening Day this century.
» July 14, 1997:
In the Padres' 53 win over the Giants, Tony Gwynn raises his average to .402 with a single, double and triple, driving in three runs, and extending his hitting streak to 19 games. Rickey Henderson, baseball's career steals leader, swipes his 1,200th base in the sixth.
» August 12, 1997:
Rickey Henderson leads off the 7th with his 250th career homer and Greg Vaughn adds a two-run double in the inning as the San Diego Padres rally to beat the Montreal Expos, 6-4.
» August 13, 1997:
The Angels trade pitchers Ryan Hancock and Steven Agosto and a player to be named to the Padres for OF Rickey Henderson. To make room for the future Hall of Famer, the Angels release another future HOFer, Eddie Murray. Murray will sign with the Dodgers.
» January 22, 1998: Free agent OF Rickey Henderson signs on for a 4th tour of duty with the Oakland A's.
» August 31, 1998: Oakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics' 156 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.
» December 13, 1998:
The Mets sign free agent OF Rickey Henderson.
» April 24, 1999: In New York's 20 loss to the Cubs, Mets' leadoff man Rickey Henderson bats five times, going 2-for-4, and on each occasion he leads off the inning. The Mets strand 12 as Chicago reliever Terry Mulholland throws six 2/3 scoreless innings. Sammy Sosa homers for Chicago.
» April 27, 1999: The Padres defeat the Mets, 62, despite Met OF Rickey Henderson's 1,300th career SB.
» June 28, 1999: Hack Wilson ups his RBI total for the 1930 season to 191. 69 years after the season, an RBI is added by the commissioner's office, which also gives Babe Ruth six additional walks, raising his career-record total to 2,062. "There is no doubt that Hack Wilson's RBI total should be 191," commissioner Bud Selig said. "I am sensitive to the historical significance that accompanies the correction of such a prestigious record, especially after so many years have passed, but it is important to get it right." The missing RBI came from the 2nd game of a doubleheader between Wilson's Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on July 28, 1930 where Charlie Grimm was credited with two RBIs in the game and Wilson with none. Ruth's walks total is now 2,062. Ted Williams is second, trailing by 43, and Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets is third, 134 behind Ruth.
» July 27, 1999: The Pirates defeat the Mets, 5-1, in the first of Major League Baseball's "Turn Ahead the Clock Nights." Each team wears futuristic uniforms, with the home town squad becoming the "Mercury" Mets for the night. The futuristic theme is carried out throughout the evening, with the scoreboard flashing computerized photos of the players as each comes to the plate. Rickey Henderson, for example, is given three eyes and pointy ears, and plays "left quadrant." Al Martin hits the 1st of his two home runs in the 1st "sector," and rookie Kris Benson goes the distance for the win.
» August 21, 1999: In a doubleheader with the White Sox, Orioles Brady Anderson leads off each game with a homer. This is the 3rd time in ML history and the first since Rickey Henderson on July 5, 1993. It's little help, however, as the Sox win both, 43 and 85.
» October 8, 1999: The Mets score six runs in the 6th inning, to tie a division series record, on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The win gives them a 2-games-to-1 lead over Arizona in the division series. NY OF Rickey Henderson steals his 6th base, also a record for a division series.
» March 30, 2000: The Mets defeat the Cubs in the Tokyo Dome, 5-1, in 11 innings on Benny Agbayani's pinch-hitter grand slam. Rey Ordoρez commits an error in the game, ending his major league record streak of 101 consecutive errorless games at SS. With a swipe of 2B, Rickey Henderson joins Ted Williams as the only players to steal a base in four decades.
» May 10, 2000:
The Pirates defeat the Mets, 13-9, as Wil Cordero goes 5-for-5 with a double, home run, and four RBIs. The Mets Rickey Henderson becomes the 21st major-leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finishes the night with 10,002 ABs and trails only Cal Ripken, Jr., among active players.
» May 13, 2000:
The Mets release all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson. He'll quickly sign with Seattle.
» May 20, 2000: The Devil Rays defeat the Mariners, 4-3. Rickey Henderson wastes no time hitting a home run in his 1st at bat as a Mariner, increasing his career record for leadoff homers to 76.
» May 21, 2000:
The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 8-4, as OF Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff home run for the 2nd consecutive game, and for the 77th time in his career.
» May 23, 2000: The Orioles defeat the Mariners, 4-2. Seattle's Rickey Henderson drew his 2,000th career walk in the 9th inning, making him the 3rd player to reach that level, behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
» July 24, 2000: The Angels defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in 12 innings. Texas also loses C Ivan Rodriguez, who breaks his thumb on Mo Vaughn's bat while attempting to throw out a runner. He will miss the remainder of the season. Angels Darin Erstad ties the AL mark for extra-inning game with 12 putouts by a left fielder, last tied by Rickey Henderson, in 1988.
» September 15, 2000:
Rickey Henderson scores his 1st two at bats to pace the Mariners to a 102 win over the Orioles. Rickey moves into 2nd place on the all time list of runs scored (2175), one ahead of Ruth and Aaron.
» October 6, 2000: The Mariners defeat the White Sox, 2-1, to give them a sweep of their 3-game division series. Pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen's bunt single brings home Rickey Henderson with the winning run in the bottom half of the 9th inning.
» March 19, 2001: The Padres sign Rickey Henderson and send him to Triple-A to get in shape. It is Rickey's first time in the minors since a 3-game rehab 16 years ago.
» April 25, 2001: Rickey Henderson's 9th-inning walk from Philadelphia's Jose Mesa is the 2,063rd of his career and breaks Babe Ruth's all-time record. The Phillies defeat the Padres, 5-3.
» May 16, 2001:
Rickey Henderson leads off with a home run, extending his major-league record for leadoff home runs to 79. This more than twice the total for the #2 and #3 players on the list: Brady Anderson (44), and Bobby Bonds (35).
» May 17, 2001: Desi Relaford of the New York Mets became the third position player this year to take the mound as he pitches the ninth inning of a 15-3 blowout by the San Diego Padres. Relaford displays a 91-mph fastball as he fires a perfect inning. Starter Steve Trachsel takes the loss and sets a club record by serving up four homers (to Alex Arias, Rickey Henderson, Ryan Klesko, and Bubba Trammell) in the 3rd inning. The Pads set a team record with 11 extra base hits.
» May 19, 2001:
The Padres score in every inning except the 4th as they defeat the Expos, 20-7. It is the first time in franchise history that Expo pitchers have surrendered that many runs, a span of 5,098 games. It also ties the Padres club record. The Pads really heat it up in the 5th, scoring 3-3-5-3-3 in the last five innings to score 20 for the second time in franchise history (July 27, 1996). Bubba Trammell leads with a 3-run homer and six RBIs, and Rickey Henderson adds a 2-run home run in the 8th.
» June 9, 2001: Bobby Jones stops Seattle's 15-game winning streak with a 63 victory over the M's. Rickey Henderson drives in three runs as the Padres hand Freddy Garcia his 1st loss of the year.
» June 16, 2001:
The Blue Jays recall veteran Tony Fernandez, signed a week ago to a minor league contract with Syracuse after the Brewers released him May 30. Tony hits a 6th inning pinch single. For Fernandez, it is his 4th tour of duty with the Jays making him just the second player since Bobo Newsom to make four tours of duty with one team. Bobo made five separate appearances for the old Senators, the last in 1952. The other player is Rickey Henderson, who has done four tours of duty with the A's.
» June 19, 2001:
Trailing 20 with two outs in the 9th and an 02 count by Robb Nen, San Diego scores three runs and wins in the 15th, 43. Rich Aurilia's throwing error with two out allows Phil Nevin to score in the 15th. Barry Bonds belts his 37th homer, setting a mark for dingers before the All-star game. Pinch running, Rickey Henderson steals 3B, snapping a swipe drought of 24 games, his longest. Rickey will still top 20 steals this year for the 23rd straight time.
» July 31, 2001:
Brewers manager Davey Lopes is suspended for two games and fined by the commissioner's office for threatening to have his pitchers hit Rickey Henderson. Lopes became upset when Henderson took off for 2nd base in the 7th inning of the Padres 125 win on Sunday.
» September 24, 2001:
Larry Walker is 4-for-4 with two homers to pace the Rockies to a 1511 win over the Padres. Todd Helton hits his 44th and drives in 4, and Juan Uribe has four hits, as the Rockies score in all eight innings they go to bat. The Pads Rickey Henderson is 4-for-5 with three runs scored, leaving him three shy of Ty Cobb's runs record.
» September 25, 2001:
Tim Raines joins the odd couple of Ted Williams and Rickey Henderson as the only players in ML history to steal a base in four different decades as the Expos are shut out by the Mets, 20.
» October 4, 2001:
Rickey Henderson hits a home run to become baseball's all-time career runs scored leader with 2,246. The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 6-3.
» October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson gets the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double, as the Padres lose to the Rockies, 14-5. Ricky then leaves the game. The game is the final one of Tony Gwynn's career. Gwynn pinch hits in the 9th and grounds out, then walks around the field shaking hands with hometown fans. Larry Walker, who sits, wins his third NL batting title in three years at .350. Walker and Rockies teammate Todd Helton (.336) become the first teammates to finish 1-2 since John Olerud (.363), Paul Molitor (.332) and Roberto Alomar (.326) were the top three for Toronto in 1993.