September 07, 2007

Bill Henry is Not Dead: For those of you who mourned former MLB All-Star Bill Henry, who passed away last week of a heart attack at the age of 83, mourn no longer. It wasn't the Red Sox' left-handed reliever who passed away, but an imposter, who's posed as Henry for decades.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 05:28 AM - 12 comments

In the early '80s, some guy pretending to be Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Ivan DeJesus ran up thousands of dollars worth of dental work and convinced the dentists to send the bills to the Phillies. That was the weirdest baseball-related false identity story I had ever heard. Until today. Thanks, TBH. I really feel for the Lakeland Henry family, who appear to be struggling with this deception after living with it for so long.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 10:37 AM on September 07

I didn't know he died. Good hear he is not dead after all. We are Red Sox Nation.

posted by Joe188 at 11:48 AM on September 07

Glad to hear he's not dead, too. We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.

posted by THX-1138 at 01:25 PM on September 07

That is one odd story.

posted by Amateur at 01:39 PM on September 07

We are the Borg. Resistance is futile. Awesome. Interesting story. I'm with crafty in that it has to really be tough for the Lakeland family right about now.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:28 PM on September 07

Sorry for making lite YYM, and Crafty. Of course sympathies should be extended to both families for the loss and confusion.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:59 PM on September 07

I didn't have a problem with it. I thought your comment was quite funny.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:05 PM on September 07

Incidentally, also not dead are Buck Henry, Thierry Henry and Travis Henry. Generalissimo Francisco Franco, however, is still dead. Weird story.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:33 PM on September 07

Damnit fraze, you beat me to it. In other news....I'm tommytrump, and you're not!

posted by tommytrump at 10:13 PM on September 07

As someone else mentioned, this is not uncommon. I remember a few years back reading about a few people posing as NHL players. With the exception of the highest profile sports stars, most pro athletes are relatively faceless. Which makes you wonder what the benefit would be in most cases.

posted by SportsNarrative at 06:00 AM on September 08

I remember a few years back reading about a few people posing as NHL players You can see them today on the ice at a Boston Bruins game.

posted by Howard_T at 11:27 PM on September 08

Ba-ZING!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:33 AM on September 10

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