Henderson, Rickey

Henderson, Rickey (Henley)

(1957–  ) baseball player; born in Chicago. An outfielder for the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees (1979), he was known for his sometimes highstrung temperament and his always prolific base-stealing; his 130 stolen bases in 1982 set a new major league record, and in 1991 he broke Lou Brock's lifetime record (938). A solid .290 hitter with power, he was one of the game's greatest leadoff hitters.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.