Dave Henderson (Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)
Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, who hit one of the most famous home runs in postseason history, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, according to ESPN. He was 57.
Known as "Hendu," he spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, playing for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
Henderson suffered a massive heart attack and died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Mariners. He had undergone a kidney transplant in late October.
In 1986, Henderson crushed a ninth-inning, two-out, two-strike homer that lifted the Red Sox to a Game 5 victory over the Angels in the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox won Games 6 and 7 to advance to the World Series.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dave Henderson," Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said in a statement. "His home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS was a signature moment in Red Sox history, and we shared his unbridled joy when he hopped into the air as the ball cleared the fence in Anaheim. Hendu played just two seasons in Boston, but we always regarded him as one of us, and are grateful for the time we were able to enjoy his talent and infectious personality."
Henderson also played with the A's on their last championship team in 1989, when Oakland swept the Giants to win the World Series, and was with the team for two other World Series appearances.
"The A's are saddened to hear of the passing of Dave Henderson," the team said in a statement. "Henderson was an instrumental part of the A's 1989 World Series Championship club and an even more impactful member of the A's family and community. Hendu and his smile will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family."
Henderson batted .298 with seven homers and a .570 slugging percentage in the postseason.
He is survived by his sons, Chase and Trent, and his wife, Nancy.