July 10, 2007 > Doug Henry
By Steve Michel
A Sacramento native, Dough Henry was born December 10, 1963 but grew up in the Fairway Park district of Hayward. He attended Tennyson High School from 1977 through 1981 and is known as the best baseball pitcher in their history. He played varsity all four years and dominated opposing batters throughout his high school career. His blazing fastball and 6 foot, 4 inch frame impressed scouts and he went on to Arizona State with a full athletic scholarship.
An outstanding collegiate record earned Henry a position with the Milwaukee Brewers in the Minor Leagues for his first five years, in "A" ball, "AA" and finally Triple A baseball. On July 15, 1991, Henry made his major league debut with the Brewers. In his rookie year, he appeared in 32 games, won two and lost one with 15 saves. He had an impressive Earned Run Average (ERA) of 1.00. The following year, Henry continued his rookie year success, appearing in 68 games and saving 29 of them. In 1993, Henry was 4 - 4 for the Brewers and saved 17 games with an ERA of 2.96. Things did not go so well in 1994 and in 1995 he was traded to the New York Mets and appeared in 51 games with a 3 - 6 record, 4 saves and an outstanding ERA of 2.96.
After a second season with the Mets, Henry returned to the Bay Area with the San Francisco Giants in 1997. He appeared in 75 games with a record of 4 - 5 and three saves. In 1998, it was on to the Houston Astros and had a career best year of 8 - 2 with an ERA of 3.04 appearing in 59 games. Henry finished his major league career in 2001 with the Kansas City Royals. He was known throughout the league as a tough, hard-nosed pitcher who did not back down from any hitter, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and many other future Hall of Fame contenders.
Doug Henry's Major League career lasted 11 years and his final numbers show appearances in 422 games, winning 34 and losing 42. He saved 82 games and had a Major League ERA of 4.19. He will be remembered by baseball fans as a tough and challenging pitcher who faced some of the greatest batters in the game without fear or hesitation, always giving a 100 percent effort.