Logan Hensley (Slap, Eggie)
- Throws Right
Slap Hensley was a top Negro League pitcher of the late 1920s.
Hensley broke in with the St. Louis Stars in 1922, going 0-1. He split 1923 between St. Louis (0-2, 19.80), Toledo Tigers (0-1, 5.82) and Cleveland Tate Stars (1-1, 7.00). In 1924, he was 4-1 for St. Louis and 1-4 for the Cleveland Browns. Going to St. Louis full-time in 1925, he was 11-3 in the regular season, then 0-1 in the postseason versus the Kansas City Monarchs.
Hensley went 17-7 with a 3.02 RA and 61 whiffs for the Stars in 1926. He was second in the Negro National League in wins behind Bill Bell, was 5th in RA (the lowest of any hurler who did not work for the Chicago American Giants in their very pitcher-friendly park) and was 4th in strikeouts behind Bill Foster, Chet Brewer and Webster McDonald.
Slap fell to 0-3 in 1927 but rebounded to 13-5 in 1928, tying Andy Cooper and Satchel Paige for 5th in the NNL in victories. He had a 1-1, 4.50 record for St. Louis in the postseason. In 1929, the veteran moundsman was 14-6 with a 4.15 RA; he tied Army Cooper for fifth in wins and was 5th in RA.
Logan was 18-7 for St. Louis in 1930, his last big year, then was 1-1 in the playoffs. He led the NNL in wins, two more than Bill Foster. Hensley fell to 3-4 in 1931. Leaving his longtime home in St. Louis, he bounced around with the Indianapolis ABCs (3-2 in 1932 and Detroit Stars (6-3 in 1933. He attempted a brief comeback with the American Giants in 1939, going 0-1.