Dave Henderson, 1986 ALCS hero for Red Sox, dies at 57

Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, best remembered for his dramatic home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS, died Sunday. He was 57.Dave Henderson, the gregarious man known as Hendu, died Sunday, one month after getting a kidney transplant. He will be tremendously missed.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 27, 2015Hendu died early this morning, according to friends and family. He was 57— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 27, 2015MORE: Notable sports death of 2015

Dave Henderson was heart and soul of great #Athletics teams of late '80s/early '90s. Perfect anchor between Rickey and Canseco in OF.— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) December 27, 2015Henderson debuted with the Mariners in 1981 and played in the big leagues through 1994. He was a key member of the A's when the team made three straight World Series appearances from 1988 to 1990, winning it all in the earthquake series of 1989. He also played in the 1986 World Series as a member of the Red Sox.Boston may never have been in that Fall Classic in the first place had it not been for Henderson's heroics. The California Angels were leading the ALCS 3-1 when Henderson came to bat with two outs and the Angels leading 5-4 in the top of the ninth. With two strikes, he hit a two-run homer to give the Red Sox the lead. The Angels tied it in the bottom of the inning, but Boston won the game in the 11th on Henderson's sacrifice fly and eventually won the series. A .258/.320/.436 lifetime hitter with 197 homers, Henderson was an AL All-Star in 1991. He was mostly a center fielder throughout his career.


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