Rickey : the life and legend of an American original / Howard Bryant
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- ISBN: 9780358047315
- ISBN: 0358047315
- Physical Description: xvii, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-396) and index.
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You must not know who I am -- They pay, I play -- When the legend becomes fact.
"Few names in the history of baseball evoke the excellence and dynamism that Rickey Henderson's does. He holds the record for the most stolen bases in a single game, and he's scored more runs than any player ever. "If you cut Rickey Henderson in half, you'd have two Hall of Famers," the baseball historian Bill James once said. But perhaps even more than his prowess on the field, Rickey Henderson's is a story of Oakland, California, the town that gave rise to so many legendary athletes like him. And it's a story of a sea change in sports, when athletes gained celebrity status and Black players finally earned equitable salaries. Henderson embraced this shift with his trademark style, playing for nine different teams throughout his decades-long career and sculpting a brash, larger-than-life persona that stole the nation's heart. Now, in the hands of critically acclaimed sportswriter and culture critic Howard Bryant, one of baseball's greatest and most original stars finally gets his due." -- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
Rickey Henderson's first-ballot Hall-of-Fame stats are there for all to see: 1,406 career steals, shattering Lou Brock's record by 468; 2,295 runs, the most scored in MLB history; most home runs by a leadoff hitter, at 81. Those stats drove the opposition to distraction, but Henderson's mercurial personality has always been hard to read: a sometimes-contradictory mix of competitive fire, reserve, swagger, personal tics that endeared him to his teammates if not fans, and a brusqueness with the press and public caused less by incivility than Henderson's inclination to let his numbers do his talking. If veteran sports journalist Bryant doesn't quite crack the Code of Rickey, he lays out the player's coming-of-age in the cauldron of racism, athletic talent, and Black self-expression that was 1960s Oakland; Henderson's once-in-a-generation gifts; and his role on the nine teamsânotably the Oakland A's and the New York Yankeesâfor whom he played over his 25-year career. A worthy addition to the sports collection, like almost any book by this author. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
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