Mike Henneman
Henneman with the Nashville Sounds in 1986
Born: (1961-12-11) December 11, 1961 (age 62)
St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 11, 1987, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1996, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record57–42
Earned run average3.21
Career highlights and awards

Michael Alan Henneman (born December 11, 1961) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with a 10-year career from 1987 to 1996. He played for the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, both of the American League, and the Houston Astros of the National League.

Amateur career

Henneman was born in St. Charles, Missouri, but adopted and raised by a family in Festus, Missouri.[1] He graduated from St. Pius X High School in Festus,[citation needed] and attended Jefferson College in nearby Hillsboro in order to play college basketball but worked his way onto the college baseball team after impressing the school's coach in an American Legion baseball game.[1] In 1983, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2]

Professional career

Henneman was named the Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1987, and led Tiger relief pitchers in wins and earned run average in both 1987 and 1988. Henneman was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1989.

Henneman has the second most saves (154) in Tigers history, behind only Todd Jones.

Coaching career

Since retiring from baseball, Henneman has been a coach and roving instructor in the Tigers' minor league system. In 2023, Henneman returned to the Cape Cod Baseball League as the pitching coach for the Chatham Anglers.[3][4]


Henneman was adopted as an infant and only found out about five brothers and two sisters after taking a DNA test in 2020.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Fagan, Ryan (September 14, 2020). "'My mother forgot my birthday once': Baseball cards reveal personal bonds with players". Sporting News. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Chatham announces 2023 Coaching Staff". chathamanglers.com. January 26, 2023. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  4. ^ "Chatham Anglers Franchise Spotlight". capecodbaseball.org. May 31, 2023. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  5. ^ "Found family: Mike Henneman, former MLB closer, connects with seven long-lost siblings after DNA tests". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2021-07-01.