Dwayne Henry

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CHICAGO - JULY 14: Dwayne Henry of the Houston Astros pitches during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 14, 1991 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Swart/Getty Images)

Inducted

After a dominant three-sport career at Middletown High School, Dwayne Henry pitched 11 seasons with the Rangers, Braves, Reds, Astros and Tigers, and played professionally for another 10 years in Taiwan, Japan and Mexico. The first Delaware athlete to be named first-team All-State in football, basketball and baseball, the Philadelphia Inquirer chose him Delaware high school Athlete of the Year in 1980. All-state at both quarterback and safety, he led the Cavaliers to the Division II title as a junior, and scored or passed for 162 of his team’s 200 points as a senior.

In basketball, he became the leading scorer in Blue Hen Conference history, and graduated as the fourth leading scorer in state history. An all-conference pitcher, shortstop and first baseman, he hit .400 twice and led Middletown to the state championship game. In a seven-inning Senior League game in 1979, he fanned 17 batters. In ninth grade, his sole year in track, he anchored Middletown’s mile relay team.

Henry was recruited by more than 100 colleges. He accepted a football scholarship to the University of North Carolina before Texas made him the 29th player selected in the 1980 amateur draft. After pioneering surgery from Dr. Frank Jobe to remove a painful elbow nerve, he reached the majors in late 1984. He fanned 7.4 batters per nine innings over his decade-long career. Henry peaked in 1991 (Houston) and 1992 (Cincinnati), with ERA’s of 3.19 and 3.33 and WHIP of 1.33 and 1.23 in 112 games.

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