New York Yankees outfielder Rickey Henderson blamed racial prejudice by baseball's establishment and the media for depriving him of the recognition he feels he deserves.

Henderson, who earlier this spring blamed excessive drinking for the Yankees' failure to finish higher than fifth in the AL East last season, told the New York Daily News Friday that "if I were white and I set all these records that I've set, I'd have a statue outside Yankee Stadium."Henderson, who missed much of the 1987 season with a hamstring injury, said a white player would not have been subjected to the questioning and rumors that he faced. "When I had the injury, I was really hurt but they never put me on the disabled list," he said. "They never would sit me down. But, believe me, they'd have let me get well if I was white."