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Rickey Henderson
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Rickey Henderson was funny and thoughtful in his induction speech.
Rickey Henderson didn't drop any "Rickey being Rickey" into his Hall of Fame induction speech. That didn't mean the speech wasn't entertaining. No, Henderson once again delivered. Jerry Crasnick

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General Information

WHAT 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony
WHEN Sunday, July 26, 2009, Cooperstown, N.Y.
WHO Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon (Veterans Committee)
Complete listing of Hall of Famers | 2008 Hall of Fame voting | 2008 Hall of Fame index page

Class of 2009

BBWAA Voting
Players who received 75 percent of the vote or higher were elected. (YR. = Year on ballot)
PLAYER VOTES PCT. YR.
Rickey Henderson 511 94.8 1st
Jim Rice 412 76.4 15th
Andre Dawson 361 67.0 8th
Bert Blyleven 338 62.7 12th
Lee Smith 240 44.5 7th
Jack Morris 237 44.0 10th
Tommy John 171 31.7 15th
Tim Raines 122 22.6 2nd
Mark McGwire 118 21.9 3rd
Alan Trammell 94 17.4 8th
Dave Parker 81 15.0 13th
Don Mattingly 64 11.9 9th
Dale Murphy 62 11.5 11th
Harold Baines 32 5.9 3rd
Mark Grace 22 4.1 1st
David Cone 21 3.9 1st
Matt Williams 7 1.3 1st
Mo Vaughn 6 1.1 1st
Jay Bell 2 0.4 1st
Jesse Orosco 1 0.2 1st
Voted in by Veterans Committee
JOE GORDON
Joe Gordon • Played second base for the Yankees and Indians during a 11-year career (1938-43, 46-50)
• Won five World Series rings, four with Yankees, despite missing two years during World War II
• Won 1942 American League Most Valuable Player award
• Played in nine All-Star Games
• Holds AL mark for most home runs by second baseman (246)

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2010 Roberto Alomar, Kevin Appier, Andy Ashby, Ellis Burks, Dave Burba, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mark McLemore, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura, Fernando Vina, Todd Zeile
2011 Wilson Alvarez, Carlos Baerga, Jeff Bagwell, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, Cal Eldred, John Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Tino Martinez, Raul Mondesi, Jose Offerman, John Olerud, Rafael Palmeiro, Paul Quantrill, Steve Reed, Kirk Rueter, Rey Sanchez, Benito Santiago, B.J. Surhoff, Ugueth Urbina, Ismael Valdez, Larry Walker, Dan Wilson
2012 Pedro Astacio, David Bell, Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Scott Erickson, Carl Everett, Jeff Fassero, Alex S. Gonzalez, Danny Graves, Rick Helling, Dustin Hermanson, Jose Hernandez, Brian Jordan, Matt Lawton, Javy Lopez, Bill Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Jeff Nelson, Phil Nevin, Brad Radke, Joe Randa, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, J.T. Snow, Jose Vizcaino, Bernie Williams, Eric Young