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BCubb2003
09-06-2007, 05:31 AM
Lakeland man's tales of baseball glory unravel after his death

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Everyone here knew Bill Henry as an old major league pitcher - at church, around the golf course and certainly at home.

The 83-year-old didn't like to boast, but he had stories. The boys at The 19th Hole lounge at the golf course where the six-foot-two lefty retired had to pry for nostalgia, but Henry knew his stuff - his appearance in the 1961 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds, the 1960 all-star selection, the 16 seasons in the majors.

But it turns out the Lakeland man was not the Bill Henry who played major league ball, and the tales he spun are unravelling a week after his death following a heart attack.

The former reliever by the same name is alive and well in Texas - stunned someone had claimed his accomplishments for decades. The 79-year-old learned of the impostor after The Associated Press distributed a short obituary. The death - and the bogus history - originally was reported in The Ledger, the local newspaper.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5g3BMcIGF5fTf8boqST-xaDbsx4og

If you were going to pretend to be a Reds player, who would it be?

sonny
09-06-2007, 06:06 AM
Boy, that's really wierd. By the way, I am Sonny Liston.

SunDeck
09-06-2007, 08:30 AM
I can't wait to impersonate Jim Coombs in my old age.

oneupper
09-06-2007, 08:48 AM
REDS relievers NEVER die, they're needed to pitch the 8th inning.

GAC
09-06-2007, 09:02 AM
REDS relievers NEVER die, they're needed to pitch the 8th inning.

Where they then die.

redsmetz
09-06-2007, 09:02 AM
REDS relievers NEVER die, they're needed to pitch the 8th inning.

LOL - if many on Redszone are to be believed, Wayne is probably on the phone with the 79 year old Bill Henry to sign him up! Now that would be some serious vet love.

Heath
09-06-2007, 10:41 AM
The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
[a man puts a body on the cart]
Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
Large Man with Dead Body: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I don't want to go on the cart.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don't be such a baby.
The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel fine.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
The Dead Collector: I can't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when's your next round?
The Dead Collector: Thursday.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I think I'll go for a walk.
Large Man with Dead Body: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

I couldn't find a good action picture of the above scene. Monty Python can be, um, graphic.

Rojo
09-06-2007, 01:49 PM
I'm going with Tim Salmon. Born the same year, both tall righties.

registerthis
09-06-2007, 03:22 PM
John Denny

Patrick Bateman
09-06-2007, 03:24 PM
Austin Kearns

Topcat
09-06-2007, 08:35 PM
I will claim to be TeamClark:D

Unassisted
09-06-2007, 08:41 PM
Some of the headlines for this story are scathing. I feel sorry for the man's family.

"Fake Ballplayer Dies
Lakeland Man Lived Lie For Decades (http://www.nbc6.net/news/14055869/detail.html)"

"Major league fake (http://www.caller.com/news/2007/sep/06/major-league-fake-florida-man-spent-decades-of-a/)"

redsmetz
09-06-2007, 10:06 PM
To his family, pastor and golf buddies, Bill Henry had been a major league pitcher, throwing for the Cincinnati Reds when they won the 1961 World Series.

Oops! That from the news story you linked to - a little ironic, no?

cincinnati chili
09-10-2007, 12:35 AM
Billy Bates

Chip R
09-10-2007, 11:44 AM
I heard about this and it reminded me of the book "Shoeless Joe" by W.P. Kinsella. In the book a character, Eddie Scissions, claims to be the oldest living Chicago Cub.

http://www.answers.com/topic/shoeless-joe-novel-7