April 30, 1939 |
|June 23, 1961 for the Milwaukee Braves|
Last MLB appearance
|September 3, 1967 for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||3.97|
Born in Macon, Georgia, Hendley was signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent in 1958. After the 1963 season, Hendley was traded to the San Francisco Giants in a six-player deal; one of the three players the Braves received was Felipe Alou. On May 28, 1965, Hendley, Harvey Kuenn, and Ed Bailey were traded to the Chicago Cubs; coincidentally, Bailey was another player traded for Hendley in the Milwaukee-San Francisco deal.
On September 9, 1965, at Los Angeles's Dodger Stadium, he threw a one-hitter, but lost to Sandy Koufax, who threw a perfect game (the last no-hitter pitched against the Cubs until Cole Hamels' on July 25, 2015). Oddly, the one run he gave up in the game did not come on the hit. Five days later, the two pitchers faced each other in a rematch at Wrigley Field. This time, Hendley gave up only four hits and defeated Koufax 2–1.
In a 7-season career, Hendley was 48–52 with a 3.97 ERA in 216 games, 126 of them starts. He struck out 522 batters in 879.1 innings pitched. Hendley, after retiring from the majors went on to coach in his hometown of Macon, Georgia at two high schools, posting winning records at both schools.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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