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