Jack Henderson “Gingerbread”

PositionHurler/2B/SS/3B
OccupationSpeech Pathologist
Bat/ThrowR/R
Preferred Bat34" Jackie

Where did your nickname come from: “I came up with it after I attended the first Vintage Base Ball information/camp. I liked the phrase they were using, “Show a little ginger” and decided that I would name myself that. I like to think that I give max effort when I’m on the field. It stuck. I also like the nursery rhyme connotations, “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

What drew you to vintage base ball: ” So much, I love the game. I grew up playing and hadn’t played organized ball for years. I heard about the league and knew it was for me because it blends my love of history, performance, (I was a theatre major in college) and the game. It’s an opportunity to honor the roots of our national pastime while entertaining and educating people. I like that the league is easygoing, competitive but not aggressive. I know that I can try my best but there is no pressure if I make a mistake.

What was your favorite moment from 2014: It would have to be the first round of the Sulphur Dell Cup. We played Phoenix of East Nashville. I had my best game, I went 5 for 5 with several aces tallied and we won the match. I believe that was the game in which I tripped running to first and then scrambled on all fours to the base safely.

“In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing, “base”, a certain game of ball… Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms… the game of ball is glorious.” – Walt Whitman 1846

Photo by Simon Herrera