Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

  1. #1
    Haunted by walks
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Syracuse
    Posts
    6,651

    Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    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/arti...oqST-xaDbsx4og

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

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    You're being very UnDude. sonny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    1,577

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    Boy, that's really wierd. By the way, I am Sonny Liston.
    Witty signature.

  4. #3
    First Time Caller SunDeck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Posts
    5,393

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    I can't wait to impersonate Jim Coombs in my old age.
    Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.

  5. #4
    Danger is my business! oneupper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Back in Florida
    Posts
    8,151

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    REDS relievers NEVER die, they're needed to pitch the 8th inning.
    "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."

    http://dalmady.blogspot.com

  6. #5
    THAT'S A FACT JACK!! GAC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Bellefontaine, Ohio
    Posts
    26,668

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    REDS relievers NEVER die, they're needed to pitch the 8th inning.
    Where they then die.
    "panic" only comes from having real expectations

  7. #6
    Redsmetz redsmetz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Winton Place
    Posts
    11,167

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    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.

  8. #7
    This one's for you Edd Heath's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Dayton Area
    Posts
    8,471

    Re: Former Reds reliever doesn't die

    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.
    Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.

  9. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    The Bush Leagues
    Posts
    9,118

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    I'm going with Tim Salmon. Born the same year, both tall righties.
    The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle

  10. #9
    Harry Chiti Fan registerthis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    5,872

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    John Denny
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

  11. #10
    One and a half men Patrick Bateman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Calgary, AB
    Posts
    5,879

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    Austin Kearns

  12. #11
    Member Topcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,934

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    I will claim to be TeamClark
    2006 Redzone mock Draftee's- 1(st) Daniel Bard(redsox), 1(st sup)( Jordan Walden (Angels), 2(nd) rd.- Zach Britton(Orioles), 3(rd) Blair Erickson(Cardinals), 3(rd) Tim Norton( Yankees),(cuz its a Tim Hortons thing

    Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.

  13. #12
    RZ Chamber of Commerce Unassisted's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    San Antonio
    Posts
    13,447

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    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
    "

    "Major league fake"
    /r/reds

  14. #13
    Redsmetz redsmetz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Winton Place
    Posts
    11,167

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    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?

  15. #14
    post hype sleeper cincinnati chili's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    10,814

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    Billy Bates
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

  16. #15
    Rally Onion! Chip R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    34,392

    Re: Former Reds reliever Bill Henry doesn't die

    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
    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-...24872650873160


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25