Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original

Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original

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From the author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron comes the definitive biography of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, baseball’s epic leadoff hitter and base-stealer who also stole America’s heart over nearly five electric decades in the game.

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.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358047315

  • ISBN-10: 0358047315

  • Pages: 420

  • Price: $28.00

  • Publication Date: 05/17/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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Howard Bryant

HOWARD BRYANT is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN programming, including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He has been the sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition since 2006 and is twice the winner of the Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of the Year. He is the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Hero, Juicing the Game,Shut Out,The Heritage, and Full Dissidence. He served as guest editor of the 2017 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. His biography of Hank Aaron, The Last Hero, was named by Dwight Garner as "One of the Ten Best Books of the Year" in the New York Times.
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Available Resources

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358047315

  • ISBN-10: 0358047315

  • Pages: 420

  • Price: $28.00

  • Publication Date: 05/17/2022

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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