Dave Henderson Passed Away at Age 57

written by Mikaela Cowles on December 28, 2015 in Luncheons with no comments


It is with great sorrow we share the news of Dave Henderson’s passing. A beloved member of the Mariners ball club, we were often blessed to have him join us at RBI Club lunches.

Known by most as “Hendu,” his charismatic personality and warm heart were bright fixtures within the Seattle community. He was a former Mariners outfielder, broadcaster and co-founder of Toys For Kids. And now, at age 57, he’s gone.

USA Today reported Henderson passed away from cardiac arrest due to complications with a recent kidney transplant. 

Drafted in the first round by the Mariners in 1977 as the 26th pick, he had a successful 14-year career in the Big Leagues. Playing for the Mariners, Red Sox, Giants, A’s and Royals, he appeared in 1,538 major league games. Henderson hit .258 with 197 homers and 708 RBIs. He was named to the 1991 All-Star team as a member of the A’s. He played in 46 postseason games and won the World Series with the A’s in 1989.

Most notably, Henderson is remembered for his postseason play, particularly Game 5 of the American League Championship. Ryan Divish recounts the moment in his recent Seattle Times article:

Henderson and the Red Sox were facing elimination against the Angels, down three games to one in Anaheim. In the ninth inning with Boston down a run and two outs, Henderson hit a two-run homer off of Angels’ closer Donnie Moore on a 2-2 count. The Angels came back and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Henderson drove home the game-winning run in the top of the 11th for a 7-6 win. The Red Sox would go on to win the next two games and the series.

After handing in his cleats, his smooth voice and easy smile made him a natural in front of the camera. He easily transitioned into a post-baseball career as a color analyst on the Mariners’ broadcasts from 1997 – 2006. He worked alongside Dave Neihaus and Rick Rizzs.

Henderson was a great ambassador for the sport. He will be terribly missed by the Seattle baseball community, especially those of us at the RBI Club.