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TWC inducts Henderson into Hall of Fame
Tennessee Wesleyan College has inducted Jim Henderson into the TWC Hall of Fame.
Tennessee Wesleyan College has inducted Jim Henderson, former TWC baseball player and current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, into the TWC Hall of Fame. Henderson spent 10 years in the Minor Leagues, moving up and down the ladder among different teams, before he was called up to the Major Leagues where he is currently a “closer” for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Henderson returned to the TWC campus to be inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame, greeting community members and children before participating in an induction ceremony where he shared with his audience his history playing baseball.
"Jim is a great ambassador for Tennessee Wesleyan,” said Billy Berry, TWC head baseball coach.
Henderson came to Tennessee Wesleyan as a transfer in the fall of 2002 as an outfielder. That spring he began pitching for the Bulldogs and found himself drafted in the 26th Round by the Montreal Expos, where he started his baseball career post-college. Henderson is the third TWC Bulldog to make it to the Major Leagues.
After a meet and greet session with the community, Henderson was honored at a Hall of Fame Induction and Jersey Retirement Ceremony. Darrell Patterson, formerly of WTVC Channel 9, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
After speeches from guest speakers, Wayne Norfleet and Ashley Lawson, both former baseball coaches at Tennessee Wesleyan, Henderson shared with the crowd his story from playing ball at Tennessee Wesleyan to getting the call to go to the Major Leagues.
During his time at Tennessee Wesleyan, in 2003, he was selected as an AAC First Team All-Conference Member and named AAC Player of the Year. He helped guide his team to a 2003 regular season AAC Conference Championship and Region XII Runner up. Henderson also helped the Bulldogs to post a 41-10 record, while being selected as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.
Unbeaten against conference foes, Henderson posted a 10-1 record with a 2.35 earned run average and 96 strikeouts and issued only 14 walks. At the plate, Henderson hit for .383 average, leading the team in home runs with 13 and had 11 doubles.
In 2012, Jim made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers becoming the third former TWC Bulldog to appear in a major league game. Currently, he serves as the Brewers closer and in his 97 appearances with the Brewers has compiled 6 wins, 31 saves, 120 strike-outs, an ERA of 2.98, and a WHIP of 1.18. He has been honored by being selected as a 2009 All Star in the Midwest League, 2012 All Star in the Pacific Coast League, and was a member of the 2012 MILB.com Milwaukee Organization All Star.
Henderson is also a member of the Canadian National Baseball team, participating in the World Baseball Classic and Pan American Games. In 2011, Jim was a member of team Canada’s first gold medal team in the Pan Am games.
“It was great having Jim back on campus to honor his achievement of reaching the Major Leagues,” said Donny Mayfield, TWC director of athletics. “To hear his story of perseverance through ten years of minor league baseball was inspirational, and I hope that all who were in attendance can use that message to motivate them to never give up on their dreams.”