May 26, 2005

HIS ROOKIE YEAR I WAS A SENIOR IN H.S. (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Rickey is one old dude (Alan Schwarz, 5/26/05, ESPN.com

[T]he best way to gauge age when it comes to Henderson is to take a look at the people he is older than – folks who aren't still lacing up the spikes to play baseball every night.

Henderson is older than Terry Francona, Ozzie Guillen, Bob Melvin and Lloyd McClendon.

He is older than Floyd Youmans, Jack Fimple and Frank Eufemia.

He is older than Billy Jo Robidoux.

Henderson is older than Bill Gullickson and Charlie Hudson. Come to think of it, he's also older than Britt Burns and Richard Dotson.

He is older than Cal Ripken and Ryne Sandberg.

He is older than George Bell, Rob Deer, Pete Incaviglia and Jesse Barfield.

He is older than Joe DeSa, which is quite a trick, given that DeSa has been dead almost 20 years.

He is older than Shooty Babbitt and Buddy Biancalana.

Of course, Henderson is older than not just these baseball notables, but dozens from other sports and walks of life. For example, he is older than Willie Gault and Vai Sikahema.

For the New York Giant fans among you, he is older than Lawrence Taylor, Joe Morris and Butch Woolfolk.

He is older than Art Schlichter.

He is older than Cris Collinsworth and Neil Lomax.

He is older than Renaldo Nehemiah. [...]

In the end, it appears as if the only person Rickey Henderson is younger than is ... (drumroll) ... Julio Franco.

But then again, aren't we all?

"I'm not a proud man," Franco said last weekend in Boston. "But I am proud of that."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2005 8:19 PM
Comments

Did you know that Rickey throws left and bats right? What would his lifetime numbers be if he had batted left and been the steps closer to 1st.

I remember Rickey's rookie season. The A's faced the Yanks. Louie Tiant was on the mound for the Yanks. Louie had nothing left except the head fakes and the funky motion. Rickey led off and bounced a ball off Louie's foot for a scratch single. He was wipped out in a double play on the next batter, and Louie retired the next 25 batters.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 27, 2005 1:02 AM
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