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Oakland A's to retire Ricky Henderson's number 24


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is getting his due from the Oakland Athletics.

The A's will retire Henderson's No. 24 jersey during a pregame ceremony Aug. 1, deemed "Rickey Henderson Day" by the club in tribute of the career leader in runs scored and stolen bases.

Henderson, 50, spent the majority of his 25 big league seasons -- and some of his best years -- with Oakland, which selected him the fourth round of the 1976 amateur draft.

Henderson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26. He will be the fifth Oakland player to have his number retired, joining pitchers Catfish Hunter (No. 27), Rollie Fingers (34) and Dennis Eckersley (43), and outfielder Reggie Jackson (9).

Cheers to Ricky Henderson!  He was a bit of a quirky guy, but nevertheless he was one of the most exciting players of his generation.