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Tom Henke
Pitcher
Born: December 21, 1957 (1957-12-21) (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 10, 1982 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1995 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Games pitched     642
Win-Loss record     41-42
Earned run average     2.67
Strikeouts     861
Saves     311
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Anthony (Tom) Henke (born December 21, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was one of the most dominant closers during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

On the mound, Henke was easily recognizable because of the large-rimmed glasses he wore at a time when many players began using contact lenses. At a height of 6' 5", he cast an imposing figure and dominated batters with his hard fastball early in the count, and his forkball for the strikeout. Henke struck out 9.8 batters per 9 innings pitched over his career, an exceptional rate. His ability as a closer earned him the nickname "The Terminator".[1]

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Career

Over his career, he played for the Texas Rangers (1982-1984, 1993-1994), Toronto Blue Jays (1985-1992), and St. Louis Cardinals (1995). He was a large factor in the Toronto Blue Jays' successful run in the mid 80s and early 90s, which culminated in their first World Series championship in 1992.

Tom Henke was named to the All-star team twice: 1987, when he led the American League with 34 saves and 62 games finished, and 1995, his last season, and only season in the National League. He also won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award in 1995.[2]

As of 2008, his 311 career saves were ranked 17th all-time on the career saves list.

Career statistics

W L PCT ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HBP
41 42 .494 2.67 642 0 0 0 311 789.2 607 234 252 64 255 29 861 30 9

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References

  1. ^ Zawadzki, Edward (2001). The Ultimate Canadian Sports Trivia Book. 1. Dundurn Press. p. 23. ISBN 9780888822376. http://books.google.ca/books?id=iP-FHPrl0wUC&pg=PA23. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  
  2. ^ Eck, Ed; Greg Robison (2009). Baseball in the National League Central Division. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 9781435850453. http://books.google.ca/books?id=eiq76DqtTvIC&pg=PA2007. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  

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Preceded by
Dave Righetti
American League Saves Champion
1987
Succeeded by
Dennis Eckersley
Preceded by
Rod Beck
National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Jeff Brantley
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