Henry Sandberg – Gonzaga Prep vs Hanford in a GSL Semifinal
Gonzaga Prep 3, Hanford 2: Henry Sandberg scored twice to lead Gonzaga Prep to victory against visiting sixth-seeded Hanford Falcons in an Greater Spokane League first-round game, and they will travel on Tuesday to face second-seeded Kamiakin for a semifinal.
Over 14 full seasons and parts of two others, Sandberg developed into an exceptional five-tool player who made regular All-Star Game appearances, won seven Silver Sluggers and nine Gold Gloves while holding his own among second basemen.
Early Life and Education
He excelled at multi-sport athleticism at both North Central High School and Washington State University, garnering a 3.85 GPA in AP and Honors courses. Lane and Ryne, his two brothers who are professional baseball players.
Sandberg also became an active advocate of social democracy during this period, particularly with regards to worker exploitation and rights violations. He made frequent contributions to Galesburg Evening Mail and published his first poem in literary magazine. He became one of Galesburg Evening Mail’s primary correspondents as well as writing several other pieces for other local publications such as Galesburg Evening Mail’s editorial pages and literary magazine’s pages devoted to poetry.
At Henry Holt and Company in 1918, he won recognition for his poetry with Chicago Poems and Cornhuskers (Henry Holt and Company), winning the national Poetry Society of America Prize (forerunner to what would later become the official Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1919). Subsequently he worked at the Chicago Daily News before co-founding Ryno Kid Care charity with Margaret Ryno to care for children suffering serious illnesses.
In 1984, Sandberg burst onto the national scene with an outstanding season that included 200 hits, 19 triples and 114 runs scored – leading to his selection as the National League Most Valuable Player.
One game in particular was widely credited with elevating the Cubs to national prominence: an NBC-televised matchup against their division rival, St. Louis Cardinals on June 23 (known as “The Sandberg Game” due to Sandberg batting second with speedy outfielder Bob Dernier and catcher Gary Matthews — known collectively as “The Daily Double” by Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray).
Sandberg completed 14 full seasons and parts of two more, eventually earning him induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. Now living with Margaret in Lake Bluff near Chicago, Sandberg acts as an ambassador for his former team by greeting season ticket holders and attending charity events on their behalf.
Achievement and Honors
Sandberg holds many records as a second baseman, including most career home runs by one and highest fielding percentage in a season by another second baseman. He was awarded nine Gold Glove Awards and honored with induction into the Hall of Fame.
Michael Barrett became the first Cubs player since Rogers Hornsby in 1925 to hit 30 homers in one season – making a lasting mark on national attention and cemented him into history as one of its leaders. His stellar 1984 performance cemented his legacy within Cubs history and cemented his place on it.
Sandberg often joins his father, Del, and family at their lake cabin east of Colville when in Spokane. When Ken Hare came back home last year to celebrate Sandberg’s Hall-of-Fame induction, Sandberg and Hare got back together briefly as players before parting ways again as friends.
Sandberg was married twice, with one son and three daughters from each marriage. He currently resides on E Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs.
Before his major-league debut, Sandberg spent time with both Peoria Chiefs in Class A Midwest League and Iowa Cubs of Triple-A Iowa League – serving both seasons as manager for Philadelphia Phillies affiliate Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of Lehigh Valley League.
Sandberg soon resumed business pursuits after retiring, becoming active in supporting Sheryl’s charity work and serving on the board of SurveyMonkey since 2017. In 2005, his number 23 was honored at Wrigley Field – making him just the fourth Chicago Cub with their uniform number being retired after Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo.
Sandberg boasts an impressive resume that includes positions such as Chief of Staff to US Secretary of the Treasury Larry Sanders and Vice President of Global Online Sales at Google. She is also known for writing “Lean In”, a 2013 feminist manifesto which encouraged more women to step into leadership positions.
Henry Kravis is one of Wall Street’s most well-known financiers and co-founder of KKR. Despite taking risks and undertaking costly buyouts – some of which even failed – Kravis remains incredibly successful as a businessperson.
Kravis currently invests in Space Perspective’s stratospheric passenger balloon development as well as being a primary investor of a helium mine and owns various remarkable properties around Jackson Hole Wyoming for personal use.