Ricky Henderson and Nolan Ryan: Baseball History on May 1, 1991

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1991.  It was the year I graduated High School.  On May 1st of that year I assume my friends and I were putting the finishing touches on our senior prom to be held three weeks later.  It also was probably just another day of Frisbee at lunch followed by more Spring allergies.  Isn’t that more important than what took place in the baseball world on that same day?  I mean, all that happened was we had a new stolen base champion by day and by night we had some fellow throw his seventh career no hitter.  Really, who doesn’t see THAT every season?

(Image by Mangin Photography)

Now that you are done laughing (and hopefully still reading),  May 1st, 1991 may go down as one of the greatest days in baseball history.  Rickey Henderson stole base number 939, topping Lou Brock for most career stolen bases.  Henderson would finish his playing days with an astonishing 1,406 thefts a number that I guarantee will never be reached.  In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a player who will approach half that number.  Juan Pierre is the current leader with 557.  Even if we somehow we have a revival in that category there is no possible way someone will play the necessary seasons in order to seriously challenge the mark.   Check out the history-making moment one more time.

Rickey thought he had the headlines all to himself.  But then along comes Old Man Ryan to steal his thunder.  Ironically, Henderson was the victim of Ryan’s 5,000 strikeout in 1989.  The Toronto Blue Jays, who later went on to win the AL East that season became team number 7 on the Ryan No-Hit Parade.  He dominated a lineup that featured future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar as well as key members that helped the Jays win consecutive World Series in 1992 and 1993.  Watch highlights of this historical feat.

May 1, 1991.  Two unbreakable records set by two remarkable players.

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