After 45 Years, a Cop Still Looks After His Favorite (Base) Thief

J.J. Guinn was a police officer and a part-time scout when he signed Rickey Henderson. Their bond, and Guinn’s connection with many other players, goes far beyond baseball.

By Alex Coffey

At about 5:30 p.m. on the last day of June, two old friends met in front of the media gate on the west side of the Oakland Coliseum. It was the first time they’d seen each other in over a year, but they had endured longer stretches.

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