• Rickey

  • The Life and Legend of an American Original
  • By: Howard Bryant
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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By: Howard Bryant
Narrated by: JD Jackson
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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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Outstanding!

Loved this book! Great narration too, except for the way he pronounced Hartford "Courant" numerous times.

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"greatest of all time"

My favorite player as a kid. a lot of great Rickey-isms. "greatest of all time".

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Truly An America Original

I’m a casual baseball fan and was not familiar with the details of Ricky’s storied career. I enjoyed learning about all he contributed to baseball. I’m glad to hear that he ultimately received the recognition that he earned and deserves. Thanks for sharing this story.

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Rickey

A great book to listen to. It brings out the best of the storyline and characters.

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What else would you expect from the Greatest.

What else would you expect from the Greatest but the Greatest story. There was so much I didn’t know about Rickey that I learned. He was truly one hell of an athlete and person. Way ahead of his times.

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Mind-numbing narcissism

Not everything needs to be in book form. This is the one thing I learned from this book.

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Rickey could have been great if he hadn’t faced so much racism…

The author would have the reader believe that Rickey used the f-words more often than he referred to himself in the third person. The story is more about all the racist people Rickey and all of the African-American’s from Oakland faced. This telling of Mr Henderson’s life story is to remind everyone of the color of Mr Henderson’s skin. That is the biggest take away from this story.

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Let Ricky Play.

The A’s were my team growing up, and Rickey was my guy. That being said, I absolutely loved every minute of this book. It offered so many wonderful insights, I was amazed at every turn. It also brought back a lot of memories, some of which are events I witnessed at the Coliseum in Oakland, including Mike Norris’s ovation returning to the game, and Dave Stewart’s complete game shut out of the Giants in game 1 of the ‘89 Series.

Narrator JD Jackson was the perfect selection for this book. His performance was outstanding.

If you’re a baseball fan, this book is worth your time.

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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.