The Oakland A’s announced on Tuesday that the playing surface at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson. The Hall of Famer will be on hand on April 3, when Rickey Henderson Field is dedicated before the A’s Opening Day matchup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Henderson will also serve as a Special Assistant to the President.
“Rickey Henderson is the greatest Athletic of all time. It is fitting we honor and recognize his impact on our franchise by naming our playing field after him,” said Oakland A’s president Dave Kaval. “In addition to his current role on our baseball development staff, I am also excited he will be joining us in the front office to serve as a representative of Green and Gold baseball.”
“This is an incredible honor and I am humbled that the field I have so many incredible memories on is now named after me,” said Henderson. “I love this organization and our fans and look forward to contributing to our success for many years to come.”
The A’s will also host Rickey Henderson Day during the Saturday, July 15 game versus the Cleveland Indians. As part of this celebration, fans will receive a white Oakland jersey with “Henderson” and “24” on the back.