The A’s may be looking to move out of their house, but they still want to spruce the place up while they’re here. To that end, a 17-foot statue of Oakland-born A’s Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will be built and on display at the Oakland Coliseum by Opening Day next season.
— Steven Tavares (@eastbaycitizen) September 15, 2017
According to reporter Steven Tavares of the East Bay Citizen, the Joint Powers Authority, the Coliseum’s governing board, approved the building of a Henderson statue.
The statue’s design will likely feature Rickey’s iconic pose with him holding a base aloft after breaking Major League Baseball’s all-time stolen base record at the Coliseum in 1991.
There was no word on exactly where the Rickey statue will be placed at the Coliseum, but like Rickey himself, the statue had better be equipped to be on the move. The A’s have chosen the Laney College site for the site of their new ballpark and they hope to move there in 2023. It’s a safe bet Rickey’s statue will also be making the roughly 5 mile trip to the new ballpark.
While the A’s have retired five uniform numbers of their former stars — Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersley — there are no statues honoring any of them at the Coliseum.
Until next season.
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