Padres celebrate Henderson's induction

Updated: August 7, 2009, 11:10 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Although he played only three seasons for the San Diego Padres, Rickey Henderson remains one of the most popular players in club history.

Henderson was honored by the Padres for his recent induction into the Hall of Fame in a brief ceremony Friday night before their game against the New York Mets.

"San Diego has welcomed me and made me feel like this was my second home," Henderson said. "The fans respected me for the ballplayer that I was."

Henderson received a standing ovation when he was introduced after a five-minute video presentation of his career. He received a plaque with two photographs of himself in a Padres uniform and threw out the first pitch to San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., son of Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Henderson and Gwynn played together in Henderson's two stints with San Diego (1996-97 and 2001).

It was in his last season with the Padres that Henderson broke the major league record for career runs and also collected his 3,000th hit. That milestone came on the final day of the season, which was also Gwynn's final game in the majors.

Henderson also set the career record for walks when he played for San Diego, which has since been broken by Barry Bonds. Henderson still holds the major league career marks for runs scored and stolen bases.


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