COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Jim Rice's icy glare melted into a wide smile. Brash, flamboyant Rickey Henderson was humbled by it all.
The former left fielders were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday along with the late Joe Gordon, and Henderson, baseball's all-time leading base stealer, was briefly overcome before evoking some hearty laughs.
''My journey as a player is complete,'' Henderson said. ''I am now in the class of the greatest players of all time, and at this moment I am very humbled.''
Born in Chicago on Christmas Day 1958, Henderson moved with his family to California when he was 7. Football was his forte in high school but he was persuaded to turn down scholarship offers for a shot at baseball.
''My dream was to play football for the Oakland Raiders,'' Henderson said. ''But my mother thought I would get hurt playing football, so she chose baseball for me. I guess moms know best.''
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To review: "While Henderson, now 50, was just the 44th player elected to the Hall in his first year of eligibility, Rice had to wait until his final year of eligibility to be selected."
First, the 44th prime number is 191 which is the prime of God (764) = 191 prime X 4
Rickey Henderson was born on Christmas Day in the year 1958. 1958 was the advent of the 23rd "I (9) Am (14)" cycle of 89 which is the prime of Leo (356) = 89 prime X 4.
Jim Rice was born on March 8, 1953 which is Jesus (15131) prime days from 19940811, the Divine Birthdate of our Lord God Jesus Christ.
When you correct for the 2334 days in BC time that our Lord lived, Jim Rice's spiritual - ie. "corrected" - birthdate is actually 19580308 as follows:
Year 1952 X 365.25 (Julian calendar solar year factor) = 712968 days
plus 2334 days in BC time that our Lord lived since August 11, 6 BC = 715302
plus 31 days (January 1958) plus 28 days (February 1958) plus 8 days (thru March 8th 1958)
equals 715369 divided by 365.25 solar year factor = 1958.573579....
So March 8, 1953 is actually 1958.573579 years from the birth of our Lord God Jesus Christ on August 11th in 6 BC.
Here are some more stats:
Rickey Henley Henderson (born Rickey Nelson Henley, December 25, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional baseball player who played left field in Major League Baseball. During his career he played for nine teams from 1979 to 2003, including four stints with his first team, the Oakland Athletics. Widely regarded as the sport's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner, he holds major league records for career stolen bases, runs scored,, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs. At the time of his last major league game in 2003, the 10-time AL All-Star ranked among the sport's top 100 all-time home run hitters. Henderson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2009.
It was also announced that the Oakland Athletics will retire #24 for Henderson on August 1, 2009.
Henderson was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1990, and he was the leadoff hitter for two World Series champions: the 1989 Oakland A's and the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays. A 12-time stolen base champion, Henderson led the league in runs five times. His 25-year career elevated Henderson to the top ten in several other categories, including career at bats, games, and outfield putouts and total chances. His high on-base percentage, power hitting, and stolen base and run totals made him one of the most dynamic players of his era. He was further known for his unquenchable passion for playing baseball and a buoyant, eccentric and quotable personality that both perplexed and entertained fans.
James Edward Rice (born March 8, 1953 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball. Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2009, as the 103rd member elected in by the BBWAA.
Jim Rice played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. An 8-time American League (AL) All-Star, he was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1978 after becoming the first major league player in 19 years to hit for 400 total bases, and went on to become the ninth player to lead the major leagues in total bases in consecutive seasons, and join Ty Cobb as one of two players to lead the AL in total bases three years in a row. He batted .300 seven times, collected 100 runs batted in (RBI) eight times and 200 hits four times, and had eleven seasons with 20 home runs, also leading the league in home runs three times, RBIs and slugging average twice each.
In the late 1970s he was part of one of the sport's great outfields along with Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans, who was his teammate for his entire career; Rice continued the tradition of his predecessors Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as a power-hitting left fielder who played his entire career for the Red Sox. He ended his career with a .502 slugging average, and then ranked tenth in AL history with 382 home runs; his career marks in homers, hits (2,452), RBI (1,451) and total bases (4,129) remain Red Sox records for a right-handed hitter, with Evans eventually surpassing his Boston records for career runs scored, at bats and extra base hits by a right-handed hitter. When Rice retired, his 1,503 career games in left field ranked seventh in AL history.
Now let's dig a bit into the numbers as follows:
Jim Rice's 382 Home Runs - note that HR (89) = "Home Run" - factors into 191 "Prime of God (764)" X 2.
The number 31 comes up rather large for both players as follows:
Jim Rice retired in 1989 which was 31 years from his spiritual birthyear of 1958.
Rickey Henderson won the first of his two world series in 1989 when he played for manager Billy Martin with the Oakland A's.
31 is a prime number that corresponds to "The Lord God" - ie. The (285) Lord (3694) God (764) = 4743 = 31 prime X 153.
31 "The Lord God" prime factored very significantly in Mark Buehrle's perfect game on July 23, 2009 when DeWayne Wise made that amazing catch in the top of the 9th.
Chicago White Sox center fielder DeWayne Wise starts to come down with the ball on a leaping catch of a ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Gabe Kapler during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Chicago. Chicago's Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game, the 18th in major league history, as Chicago won 5-0.
(AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Phil Velasquez) - click images to enlarge
On July 23, 2009, Wise was put in by Guillen as a ninth-inning defensive substitute. He responded by making a spectacular home-run-robbing catch in the 9th inning to prevent a home run hit by #27 Gabe Kapler and preserve a perfect game thrown by Mark Buehrle..