1979 HEADLINE – Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s

1979 HEADLINE – Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s

It all started on this day 35 years ago…

Rickey Henderson’s debut with the Oakland A’s on June 24, 1979 is when it all began.  In the game, Henderson’s A’s team took on the Texas Rangers in Oakland, CA.  The A’s lost the game 5-1, but Rickey gave us a glimpse of what was to come..

In the game Henderson batted lead-off and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.  He also picked up the first stolen base of his career, which as we all know was just the start of his amazing run as the game’s greatest lead-off hitter!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey!!!

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4 responses to “1979 HEADLINE – Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s

  1. Definitely the most complete player I’ve ever seen play the game.

  2. If Griffey Jr. didn’t lose all those seasons to injury you might have an argument.

    • Matt- I’d say that each has one leg up on the other. Henderson was the master base runner and Griffey was the master defender.

      The runs Rickey scored could be offset by the runs Griffey drove in.

      I’d give the edge to Griffey simply due to the ability to end games with a single swing.

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