Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Newest Padres Hall of Famer
Joining the likes of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers and Dick Williams as former Padres in the National Baseball Hall of Fame is Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson. I did not know that he was named for singer Ricky Nelson, or that Henderson was his stepfathers name. Rickey had a couple of stints with the Padres, during his second tour with San Diego he broke several major league records. He broke Babe Ruths' career walks record, Ty Cobbs career mark of 2,246 runs and passed Zach Wheat for most games played in left field. That was all in 2001 when he and fellow HOF inductee Tony Gwynn played together. Going into the last game of 2001, which would be Tonys' last game, Rickey had 2,999 hits, he was going to sit out the game so as not to detract from Tonys' moment, but Tony insisted that Rickey play. In his first at bat he got a hit, which marked the first time that two teammates had 3,000 hits. After scoring the games first run he was taken out of the game. He played a couple of more seasons in the majors and then played in some independent leagues, returning to San Diego to play for the SurfDawgs in the inaugural season of the Golden Baseball League. The Hall of Fame inducted San Diego Padres outfielder Rickey Henderson in 2009. I believe I got this eBay, I tried mailing things to Rickey when he was playing but never got anything back.