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Dave Henderson, the nephew of Joe Henderson, played 14 seasons in the major leagues, hitting 197 home runs. Henderson is well remembered for his enthusiastic style of play and his broad, gap-toothed grin. He delivered two clutch home runs for the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 postseason and could have been the man who brought them their long-awaited championship. Instead, Boston had to wait another 18 years.

Henderson began his major league career with the Seattle Mariners, mostly as a part-time player with a decent bat. In 1986 he was part of a major trade. The Red Sox traded promising young shortstop Rey Quinones along with prospects to Seattle for Henderson and Spike Owen. This was one of the best moves GM Lou Gorman made with the Red Sox and may have been related to his relationships with the Mariners, for whom he was previously GM.

The trade was key for the Red Sox 1986 pennant drive as Quinones was not ready to be an everyday shortstop and Henderson was needed to fill in for the aging Tony Armas Sr. in centerfield. Henderson was not able to contribute much during the regular season but had a major impact in the postseason. During game 5 of the 1986 ALCS Henderson hit a two-out two-strike go-ahead two-run shot off Donnie Moore in the top of the ninth inning with the California Angels one strike away from the World Series. After that shot, Dave made a memorable spinning leap. He then hit the sacrifice fly in that won the game in extra innings. In Game 6 of the World Series, Henderson hit the go-ahead homer off Rick Aguilera in the 10th inning before the Mets staged their miraculous rally.

In 1987 Henderson struggled for the Red Sox and was traded late in the season to the San Francisco Giants for Randy Kutcher. Despite many opportunities early in his career he did not emerge as an everyday player until the age of 30 when he signed with the Oakland Athletics as a free agent in 1988. With the A's he actually became a minor star on their World Series teams from 1988-1990. 1988 was his career year when he hit .304 with 24 HR and 94 RBI. He missed almost the entire 1992 season with an injury, but came back to post one more relatively productive year in 1993. Henderson played his final year with the Kansas City Royals in 1994.

He has been a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners since 1998.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1991)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1988, 1990, 1991 & 1993)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1988)
  • Won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989

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