Henry blossomed as an outstanding lefthanded reliever in 1959, when he led NL pitchers
with 65 appearances. In 1961, his 16 saves were instrumental in helping the Reds
win the National League pennant. He had five straight seasons in double figures in
saves and retired with 90.
»May 31, 1954:
In Game One against the A's, the Red Sox pound out 18 hits to win, 20–10. Jim Piersall and Milt Bolling each collect 4. Bill Henry completes the sweep with a 9–0 shutout in game 2. Harry Agganis drives in four runs with a home run and 2B.
»May 10, 1961: The Cardinals tie a major-league record when three pinch hitters -- Charlie James, Don Taussig, and Alex Grammas -- strike out in the 9th inning against the Reds. Cincinnati's Bill Henry pitches just the 9th to save the 3–2 win, the Reds' 9th in a row.
»May 21, 1963: Jim Maloney ties the modern major-league record with eight consecutive strikeout, from the 1st to the 4th innings, against the Braves. Maloney finishes with 16 strikeouts in the 2–0 win, but needs relief help from Bill Henry, who retires the last two batters.