However, "only" 1,939 of his runs were scored in the American League, falling short of Ty Cobb's junior circuit record. 3,055-Rickey Henderson concluded his career with 3,055 hits, and on October 7, 2001, he joined the 3,000 Hits Club with a leadoff double against Colorado Rockies pitcher John Thomson. The next day, he became the first player to reach 3,000 hits during their age 40 or older season.
Henderson's final batting average was.284. It took him 19 years to reach 3,000 hits, from August 16, 1980, when he got his 1000th base hit, until September 17, 1999. During that time, he averaged out to be about 140 games per year. In other words, if Henderson had played in every game in those 19 years, his average would have been.284 * 19 = 5.82. His actual average was.280. There are no signs that he will stop now that he has reached this mark, so we can expect his average to keep rising as long as he keeps playing.
Henderson is one of only nine players who have hit over.300 with at least 3,000 hits, along with Pete Rose (3,094), Alex Rodriguez (3,100), Albert Pujols (3,101), Mark McGwire (5,097), Rafael Palmeiro (5,128), Sammy Sosa (6,077), and Barry Bonds (7,672).
Rickey Henderson lit up the Oakland A's in his first full season back following a four-and-a-half year spell with the Yankees in 1990. Rickey topped the American League in four important statistical categories: runs scored (119), stolen bases (65), OPS (1.016), and OBP (.439). His.293 batting average was 3rd best in the AL.
Henderson's 119 RBI's were also third best in the AL. He was awarded the MVP award after leading the Athletics to the top seed in the AL West with a 99-63 record. Oakland defeated the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS, then swept the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS to advance to the World Series for the first time in 23 years. The New York Mets beat the A's in seven games to win their first championship in 24 years.
Henderson is one of only nine players to have hit over.300 with at least 100 RBIs and 10 SBs in a single season. The other eight players are Barry Bonds, Mike Schmidt, Paul Molitor, Frank Thomas, Joe Morgan, Al Kaline, Andre Dawson and Henderson himself.
Henderson is a member of three Hall of Fame classes: 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is the only player in MLB history with 300 or more hits and 100 or more steals.
Rickey Henderson, full name Rickey Henley Henderson, is a professional baseball player who established a record for the most stolen bases in big league baseball in 1991 and a record for the most career runs scored in 2001. He also holds records for the highest average per steal (batter out) and the highest percentage of steals converted into hits (percentage).
Henderson is well-known for being one of the best base stealers of all time, having led the league in that category three times each at first and second base. He also finished among the top five players in that category seven times overall. His 997 career steals are also a major league record.
In addition to his on-base ability and speed, Henderson has been praised for his defense at both second and third base. He has a total of nine consecutive years with at least 100 walks plus six seasons with 110 or more walks. Henderson's.443 career batting average includes a high of.290 in 1972 when he played first base and third base as well as his usual role as an outfielder.
He has two World Series rings from 1999-2000 with Oakland Athletics and one ring from 2013 with Seattle Mariners. Henderson has also won the AL MVP Award in 1992.
Henderson eclipsed Babe Ruth for the lifetime record in secondary bases during the 2003 season (total bases compiled from extra base hits, walks, stolen bases, and times hit by pitch). In 1993, he homered to start both games of a doubleheader. That is an unprecedented feat that has never been matched before or since.
Rickey Henderson is one of only nine players who have hit more than 200 career homers and scored more than 100 runs while batting under.300. The other eight players are Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, Mike Trout, Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, and Adrian Beltre.
Henderson's career batting average is 0.272. He has hit over 100 points of batting average five times in his career. Four of those seasons were played before 2000 when there was no strike zone used by baseball managers. The other season was in 2003 when he was serving a suspension due to testing positive for steroid use.
In 1992, Henderson finished second in MVP voting after hitting 307 points in scoring leaders. The award went to Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals with 308 points. It was the first time that two players had equal votes.
Henderson has been involved in three major league scandals. In 2001, he was accused of using steroids and human growth hormone.