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Rated by Branch Rickey as one of the best left fielders ever, McHenry had good speed
and a strong arm, and hit for average and power. He batted .350 in 1921, third-best
in the league, and was fourth in HR (17), tied for third in RBI (102), and second
in slugging average (.531). He hit .303 in 64 games in 1922; the falloff was due
to a brain tumor. He died that
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 17, 1920:
The Cards set a National League record by cracking out 12 consecutive hits in the 4th and 5th innings against the Braves. Ten of the hits occur in the 4th inning when St. Louis scores eight runs. The last two outs come as Milt Stock tries to stretch a single and Austin McHenry tries the same on a double. Both are thrown out. In the 5th inning, Doc Lavan opens with a double and Cliff Heathcote singles before a Redbird finally makes an out. St. Louis wins 9–4.
»September 30, 1921: It is Rogers Hornsby Day at Sportsman's Park, and the Cardinal star celebrates by pounding out a home run and two doubles against Pittsburgh to lead the third-place Cardinals to a 12–4 win. Hornsby will go hitless in the last two games, dropping his final average to .397 for the year, still the best in the N.L. Teammates Austin McHenry and Jack Fournier will be 2nd and 3rd in hitting in the National League.
»November 27, 1922: Cards OF Austin McHenry, 27, dies from a brain tumor. After hitting .350 with 17 home runs in 1921, he became ill during the 1922 season and was hitting .303 when forced to quit.