Dave Henderson, who hit one of the most memorable home runs in Boston Red Sox history, died Sunday at age 57.
Henderson spent 14 seasons split between five organizations (Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants). He slugged 197 home runs in 1,538 career regular-season games and earned an All-Star selection with the A’s in 1991.
The man known as “Hendu” will be remembered as much for his infectious personality as his on-field accomplishments. Red Sox fans certainly won’t forget Henderson’s two-out, two-strike, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. It kept Boston’s season alive and opened the door for the Red Sox to defeat the California Angels in seven games to advance to the World Series.
Henderson hit .400 (10-for-25) with two homers and five RBIs in the 1986 World Series despite the Red Sox losing in seven games to the New York Mets.
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