Friday, April 18, 2008

1984 Donruss - Tom Henke

Number 134 in the 1984 Donruss set is Tom Henke. This is Tom before he routinely shut down opposing offenses and was considered one of the best closers in the game.

Henke was signed by Texas in June of 1980 with a contract to run through 1984. He showed up with the team in '82, '83, and '84 but pitched so few innings that his debut with Toronto in 1985 still garnered him ROY votes. In 1986 he was third in the AL in saves and took off from there. The Rangers got him back in 1993 and 1994. He had 40 saves in 1993, third in the AL. After 36 saves for St. Louis in 1995 he hung it up and went out at the top of his game.

Tom is one of those players that seem to come along all too frequently for Texas. They are ok while with the team and blossom just after leaving. Watching the rest of their careers unfold is like playing a game of "What if?"

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