Joe Henderson (scout)
Joseph William Henderson
- Born 1925
Joe Henderson was a scout with the San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, and the San Diego Padres. Joe was a mentor to many including his three sons that all played professional baseball, Ken, Robbie, and Joe Jr.
Joe went into service with the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. While in the service he received two Air Medals. Joe had an opportunity to sign with the Boston Red Sox, but he decided to stay in the Navy to serve his country.
Joe received his first opportunity to scout under George Genovese with the San Francisco Giants in the San Diego, CA area and proceeded to help them sign Gary Thomasson, John D'Acquisto and Matt Nokes amongst others.
In 1984 Joe, while working for the Detroit Tigers and Bill Lajoie, received a World Series Ring when the Tigers won the 1984 World Series. He signed Wayne Housie for the Tigers. Joe later went to work for the Seattle Mariners working for Roger Jongewaard and Woody Woodward.
Joe's contributions to the game were many. They started with youth baseball where he helped build fields and batting cages etc. so kids would have a place to play. He was always there for those who wanted wisdom and help whether it was a young player, prospect or a signed player. It didn't change when others wanted to enter into scouting either. He would spend countless hours for those who wanted to learn or enter the game as a scout.