Gail Henley

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Gail Curtice Henley

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Biographical Information[edit]

Gail Henley hit .300 in his only year in the big leagues, albeit in only 30 at-bats. In 1954, when Henley was on the Pittsburgh Pirates, two of the three outfielders hit under .240 and without power. However, the next year rookie Roberto Clemente captured one of those outfield positions.

Henley is one of three major leaguers to be named "Gail", along with Gail Hopkins and Gail Harris. Henley was the first to break into the majors.

George Gmelch wrote an article about being a player in the minors, along with Jim Leyland, under manager Gail Henley in the 1960s for the Daytona Beach Islanders and in the New York-Penn League, with the Jamestown Tigers. Gmelch, who went on to become a professor of anthropology at Union College, wrote that Henley remembered him and his skills in fine detail thirty years later in 2000 when Henley, Gmelch, and Leyland met. Gene Lamont also played with them. See Was I a Prospect?.

After managing in the minors for the Detroit Tigers, Henley joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a scout where he would stay until at least the mid-1980s. He signed Ryan Henderson. He went on to manage a few seasons in the Dodger chain also. He served three separate stints as manager of the Lethbridge Dodgers of the Pioneer League and won championships in three of his four seasons at the helm of the club.

Henley would later scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1961 Montgomery Rebels Alabama-Florida League 56-62 4th Detroit Tigers none
1962 Thomasville Tigers Georgia-Florida League 76-41 1st Detroit Tigers none League Champs
1963 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 60-61 5th Detroit Tigers none
1964 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 61-55 3rd Detroit Tigers 2nd in Baukol Playoffs
1965 Jamestown Tigers New York-Penn League 47-75 5th (t) Detroit Tigers none
1966 Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League 71-70 6th Detroit Tigers
1972 Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League 29-41 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers
1973 Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League 37-33 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers
1977 Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League 44-26 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1979 Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League 38-30 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1980 Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League 52-18 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1983 Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League 39-31 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers

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