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April 25, 2005

Reggie Jackson & Rickey Henderson

Randy Velarde appeared in twenty more games as a member of the New York Yankees than Reggie Jackson did as a Yankee. In fact, Reggie played in just 5 more games than Roberto Kelly did as a Yankee.

In terms of Yankee-time, Jackson is in the Boggs and Rickey range (Games Played as a Yankee follow the names below):

Reggie Jackson 653
Wade Boggs 602
Rickey Henderson 596

The Rickey part is interesting when you think about Offensive Winning Percentage (OWP).

OWP is the percentage of games a team would win with nine of a given player in its lineup, given average pitching and defense. If you look at the Yankees' OWP leaders, through 2004, min 2,500 Plate Appearances, you see:

1 Babe Ruth .857
2 Mickey Mantle .801
3 Lou Gehrig .797
4 Charlie Keller .749
5 Joe DiMaggio .741
6 Rickey Henderson .714
7 Reggie Jackson .705

There's Reggie and Rickey neck-and-neck.

Runs Created Above Average (RCAA) is the difference between a player’s Runs Created total and the total for an average player who used the same amount of his team’s outs. If you look at the Yankees' RCAA leaders, through 2004, you see:

1 Babe Ruth 1634
2 Lou Gehrig 1247
3 Mickey Mantle 1099
4 Joe DiMaggio 708
5 Charlie Keller 386
6 Bernie Williams 361
7 Bill Dickey 339
8 Yogi Berra 323
9 Earle Combs 307
10 Don Mattingly 293
11 Tommy Henrich 280
12 Derek Jeter 251
13 Roy White 242
14 Tony Lazzeri 221
15 Roger Maris 203
16 Dave Winfield 200
17 Bobby Murcer 199
18 Rickey Henderson 195
19 Reggie Jackson 180

There's Reggie and Rickey together again.

How many people would say that Rickey the Yankee was just as good as Reggie the Yankee before reading this? How many will say it now?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 25, 2005 03:24 PM


The Yanks had Rickey at his absolute peak. I'm not surprised, I saw it with my own eyes.

Posted by: Cliff at April 25, 2005 05:01 PM

Ditto. Watching what he would do to pitchers when he was on base was incredible. His confidence was so thick that you could have bounced a bowling ball off it - - and, his game backed it up. I can still picture him leading off 2nd, almost laughing at the pitcher, with a look that said "I can take 3rd at any time that I desire."

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at April 25, 2005 05:24 PM

Man, do I miss Rickey... Rare combination of power, speed, and patience

Everything was fine up until 1987 (IMO), when he blew out his hammy. It still bothers me that people thought that he was "jaking" or "didn't always come ready to play"

I was hurt when the Yanks traded him.

Posted by: Raf at April 25, 2005 10:49 PM

Getting Plunk, Cadaret, and Polonia for him didn't help the sting.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at April 27, 2005 11:03 PM