On This Day In Baseball History: June 24, 1979


Rickey Henderson


Oakland A’s 20-year old rookie Rickey Henderson makes his Major League debut by singling, doubling, and stealing the first of what will become the all-time record. Henderson will play in 4 decades setting all-time career records with 2295 runs scored and 1406 steals. He’ll also lead the league in runs 5 times, steals 12 times including 7 years in a row (1980-1986), and walks 4 times. He will also set the single season record for steals at 130. In 1990 he will be voted as AL’s MVP and in 2009 he will be elected into the Hall of Fame appearing on 94.8% of ballots.


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