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Former major leaguer Dave Henderson has died at the age of 57

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Dave Henderson, former major league outfielder and broadcaster, died today at the age of 57

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Dave Henderson, former major league outfielder and, more recently, a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners, has passed away, per reports.  He was 57.

Henderson was a former first round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners whose career blossomed when he joined the Oakland A's as a free agent prior to the 1988 season.  "Hendu" was a key part of the A's teams that won three straight A.L. pennants, and put up 20.6 bWAR from 1988-91 as the team's regular centerfielder.

While he was known for being a happy guy who always had a smile on his face on the field, even when things weren't going well, Henderson is perhaps best remembered for hitting the go-ahead home run for the BoSox in the top of the 9th inning of Game 5 of the ALCS in 1986.  Angels closer Donnie Moore was brought in to face Henderson with two outs and one on in the ninth, with the Angels up a run, and Henderson's home run helped get Boston to the World Series.

In recent years, Henderson has worked on the Seattle Mariners radio and TV broadcasts.