NEW RUNS KING HENDERSON TIES COBB AT 2,245 DODGERS 12, SAN DIEGO 5.
SAN DIEGO - Right-hander Eric Gagne was a shade more than 3 years old when Rickey Henderson scored his first major-league run June 27, 1979.
The Montreal Canadiens, winners of the Stanley Cup, were likely the talk in the Gagne household in the province of Quebec, not some flashy young stud ready to transform the leadoff position.
More than 22 years later, Gagne got to witness history from 60 feet, six inches when Henderson tied Ty Cobb's major-league record for runs scored.
Henderson scored the 2,245th run of his career on Ryan Klesko's third-inning double, but Gagne pitched the Dodgers to a 12-5 victory Wednesday against San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium.
``It's a great accomplishment to tie him at this time, but I play the game to win and when you don't win, the records you accomplish is not as great a sight as when you win,'' Henderson said. ``Hopefully, when I break it, I have the opportunity to have a 'W' behind it.
``I think when it's all said and done and I retire and give it all up, then you look back and see what you accomplished and see what you gave baseball, and then you probably realize all the accomplishments around it with all the great players that played this game.''
Though the Padres have four games remaining, Henderson had just three more left in which to surpass Cobb this season. He said he would sit out Sunday's season finale so he didn't take away from Tony Gwynn's farewell.
Henderson, 42, remains three hits away from the 3,000th of his career. He went 0 for 3 with a walk before leaving in a double switch in the eighth inning. The all-time walks leader has 2,140.
``He looks fresher than a lot of young guys,'' said Sheffield, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning. ``Just to be playing with a guy breaking records like that and making history, it's something you can tell your kids. This guy has been unbelievable. I've seen him at his peak with (Jose) Canseco with the A's when they were on the top of their game and I was an 18-year-old playing shortstop, and I was in awe.
``You're always wishing you could be a teammate of his and picked his brain. You always want to play with Hall of Famers because you can always learn something.''
After a drought of six San Diego games - four in which Henderson played - he equaled Cobb's mark after walking in the third inning. D'Angelo Jimenez flied out to center, but Klesko doubled inside the first-base bag.
The ball bounded off the stands along the right-field line and bounced into shallow right field, allowing Henderson to score from first long ahead of Shawn Green's throw to cut the Dodgers' lead to 5-2. It was his 67th run of the season.
The 23,138 in attendance gave Henderson a standing ovation. He came out of the dugout and bowed before blowing kisses to the fans.
Rickey Henderson tied Ty Cobb's career record for runs scored Wednesday.
Rank Player Runs
1. Ty Cobb 2,246
2. Rickey Henderson 2,246
3. Hank Aaron 2,174
4.Babe Ruth 2,174
5. Pete Rose 2,165
6. Willie Mays 2,062
7. Cap Anson 1,996
8. Stan Musial1,949
9. Lou Gehrig 1,888
10. Tris Speaker 1,882
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Box: TIE COBB (see text)
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|Date:||Oct 4, 2001|
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