A product of Northwestern High School in University Park, Maryland, Roy Henderson was an outstanding performer in basketball and baseball, representing his school on the Prince George’s County All-Star Team.
At Washington College he played four years of basketball and was a starting pitcher on two very successful baseball teams. He also ran cross country for one year, and was the sports reporter for the Washington College Elm. A starting center during his junior and senior years, Roy was known for his excellent ball handling and team play. He was elected co-captain of the team his senior year.
But he earned his claim to Washington College fame in baseball. The year was 1958, during the last week of the season. Washington College needed a victory over Loyola College that Saturday to win the Mason Dixon Conference’s northern division championship. Roy, the team’s co-captain and MVP, had pitched a complete game on Friday, losing by three runs to Mt. St. Mary’s. Roy asked Baseball Coach Tom Kibler that Saturday morning if he could pitch the game against Loyola. Reluctantly, Coach Kibler agreed. The records show that Washington College won this game by a 1-0 score; Roy had pitched a no-hit game.
A first team All-Mason-Dixon All-Conference selection, Roy signed a professional baseball contract and spent one year in the Washington Senators minor league system. He then became an educator, teaching for 32 years and coaching basketball and baseball for 27 years at Bladensburg High School. As a coach, his total basketball record was 375 wins and 142 losses. His basketball teams reached the state finals five times, winning the state championship in 1973. He was selected five times as PG County’s Coach of the Year. In 1984 he was selected to coach the Capital Classic All-Stars versus the U.S. All-Stars. He finished his coaching career by serving as a NCAA Division I assistant basketball coach.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Roy Henderson into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 2004.