A star-studded 2020 Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) class featuring Rickey Henderson, Bruce Bochy, Bryant Young, Natalie Coughlin and Paul Cayard was announced Tuesday afternoon at a news conference in Union Square.
Sunbathers idled about the bright, sunny plaza while KNBR Radio personality Brian Murphy emceed the event honoring athletes who have captivated the national imaginations and made locals proud across five decades.
Henderson, an Oakland native and Bay Area baseball icon, graduated from Oakland Tech High School in 1976, the same year he was drafted 96th overall by the Oakland Athletics. Over his 25-year career Henderson won two World Series, including a 1989 sweep of the Giants while he played for the Athletics, was the 1990 AL MVP, earned 10 All-Star appearances, stole more bases than any player in MLB history, and became a first-ballot hall of
famer in 2009.
Nicknamed “Man of Steal,” he is widely regarded as the best leadoff hitter in the history of baseball.