• Rickey

  • The Life and Legend of an American Original
  • By: Howard Bryant
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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©2022 Howard Bryant (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Good Book If You Are Old Enough To Remember

The book is well written and if you’re old enough to remember the players and their stats, it is even more interesting. The premise of the book is to verify and prove that Ricky Henderson was truly one of the best ever players in the game - if not the best. To be honest, I did not know who Ricky was before reading the book, but I enjoyed the insights into the workings of Major League Baseball during his time and before. My conclusion, after listening to the book, is that Ricky Henderson was one of the greats and I am sorry I never saw him play.

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A Rickey Run for Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant hit a Rickey Run with this biography. I became a larger fan of Rickey Henderson after this. Rickey is a baseball genius. Willie Horton and Henderson invented launch angle. Henderson also ushered in load management. I'm from NY and I wish he retired a Met, but I know Bobby Valentine is unable to handle any Black men with talent and an opinion. Love Pamela Henderson, she's the MVP of the book. Mr. Bryant I hope you're working a book on the Bay area. MLB HOF needs to have a wing for Bay Area baseball players. Mr. Bryant, thank you.

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Enjoying story as am in and from area and observed all this as happening, but narrator mispronounces "McClymonds" High School AND "Vida" Blue (both long "i" sounds, not short "i" sound). As McClymonds High School is described as a famous school of champions and of future professional athletes and Vida Blue was a famous all-star baseball player, it bugs the heck out of me that they're not famous enough seemingly to get pronounced correctly! Sloppy audio editing process. Don't know if there are other mistakes. Does take away from enjoying listening some.

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All Time Great

Bryant crafts more than the typical sports biography with “Rickey”. He takes us on the journey so many African Americans made out of the South and into Oakland. Bryant explodes so many of myths surrounding the career of Rickey Henderson. After reading this great work you’ll walk away with renewed appreciation for Rickey, and the impact of the stolen base.

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Somebody needs to sign Ricky right now

I absolutely love this book. It’s very comprehensive, so if you love Baseball, particularly Baseball from this era, you are going to love this book. When I say very comprehensive I mean it, it literally almost takes you through every season and every year of his life. But that’s not to say that it gets dull, because it’s exciting start to finish. Rickey Henderson career was astounding when you hear it all in one shot. He was a player that showed you something special in short bursts, but to see it all in one large collective, is overwhelming. One of the best players ever.

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Amazing!

I was born and raised in Oakland, six months younger than Rickey. I had to stop listening due to Mr. Bryant brilliantly capturing the spirit and pride that those of us who grew up in Oakland have. It was a wonderful time. Rickey was a great athlete that made all of us proud. Thank you Rickey for displaying the greatness of Oakland sports and thank you Mr. Bryant for such amazing work!

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Extremely well researched. A must read for any baseball fan

No that’s a native of Oakland. Love the history. The narrator was perfect. Ricky Henderson is a self-made original. And that is a very good as, a, native, of Oakland. I’d love to book from beginning to end. Rich with history of Oakland, Ricky is unique talents and personality. The narrator was perfect. I must read for any baseball fanthing!

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Rickey’s Story-Sort of

This book is very strong on Oakland Athletics trivia and on the story behind the great black baseball players from Oakland. I learned a lot about Ricky though the author never digs too deep. The prose is rough but it is read well.

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It's Rickey time!

Great biography of a one of a kind player and personality. J.D. Jackson's laid back delivery really accentuates the narrative and Howard Bryant's journalistic skills and insights add layers of real world touches that raise this above a paint by numbers biography to a revealing chronicle of a singular talent of the game. There will never be another Rickey Henderson.

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K Isreal

Terrific story and well written by Mr. Bryant. I encourage all Sports/Baseball fans to give this a listen.