Really don't get the Clemente over Rickey picks. My pure speculation is people are turned off by Rickey being Rickey or enamored with BA. Henderson is clearly the superior player, so there must be other factors. Rickey is the all time leader in Runs, SBs and lead off HRs.(Second in BBs all-time and a career OBP of .401) The latter 2 records will most likely stand for as long as any of us are alive.
There are several players on this list I would rank over Rickey, but Clemente is not one of them.
For me, part of it is about intangible things rather than actual stats. Clemente played in an era that was dominated by pitchers. To me, that has to account for something. Who was the best pitcher of the 80's? Jack Morris or Ryan? Clemente just faced so many more quality pitchers such as Gibson, Drysdale, and Koufax.
He had a higher career BA, OPS, SLG, and OPS+ than Henderson.
I also think that people are focusing too much on offense in this tournament. Clemente was clearly a superior defensive outfielder than Henderson, winning 12 Gold Gloves in his 18 year career.
I also think the Bill James Hall of Fame Monitor carries some weight to it and is a good judge of who is a hall of famer or not. Clemente has 230 points compared to Henderson 178. The Hall of Fame Monitor doesn't even take into account defense.
I personally like Henderson and I love his Ricky is Ricky mentality. I loved the fact that he had swagger on the base paths and at the plate. I just feel that if we are going with the overall package, its Clemente.