From baseball to battlefield, “Bobo” gave his all

Neale Henderson stopped being Neale Henderson the day his mother let another woman see her baby.

“She said, ‘Your baby looks like Bobo the Clown,'” Henderson recalled.

No one can confirm what baby Neale looked like, but boyhood Neale could hit like a major leaguer…which is what the San Diegan by way of Arkansas did in the Negro Leagues from 1949 to 1953.

The former outfielder and military veteran died December 27 at the age of 88 years old.

“He was the last San Diegan to play in the Negro Leagues,” baseball writer and longtime friend William Swank said. “He loved people, he loved kids, he loved baseball…he’s a great ambassador for the game.”

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