On December 25, 1958, Rickey Henderson
is born in Chicago, Illinois. Henderson will break into the major leagues with the Oakland A’s in 1979, and will go on to become one of the greatest leadoff men in history. He was a 10X All-Star, won the 1990 AL MVP Award, won the 1989 ALCS MVP Award, won a Gold Glove Award in 1981, led the league in SB 12X, and was a member of 2 World Series champions (1989 Oakland Athletics, 1993 Toronto Blue Jays). He holds the single-season MLB record with 130 SB (in 1982). He also holds an MLB record with 81 career leadoff HR. His uniform #24 is retired by the Athletics. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009 (94.8% on the 1st ballot).
In his 25-year career (1979-2003), Rickey had 3055 hits, 510 doubles, 297 HR, 1115 RBI, 1406 SB (1st all-time), 2190 BB (2nd all-time), 2295 runs (1st all-time), .279 BA, .401 OBP, .419 Slg., & .820 OPS.