Raised Without Daddy

In 1976, Henderson was selected by the A's in the fourth round of the free agent draft Although he was enticed by offers of football scholarships, Henderson, largely at the urging of his mother--who felt he would have a longer career in baseball-- signed with the Oakland Athletics.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Henderson recalled about his childhood, "We weren't poor by any means." In 1984, the A's traded their star outfielder to the New York Yankees. The Yankees awarded Henderson a five year contract, reportedly worth $8.6 million.


Tom Monaghan, (Founder, Domino's Pizza)

Domino's Pizza, which was one of the first to feature free home delivery of hot pizza in less than 30 minutes, grew from 290 stores in 1980 to well over 5000 in 1990. The chain's founder is an aboveboard, straight forward type whose life story is somewhat along the lines of the classic Horatio Alger theme. Partly raised in orphanages and foster homes, Tom Monaghan graduated last in his high school class, was expelled (for pillow fighting and talking in chapel) from a Catholic seminary and attended college six times as a freshman!

On Christmas eve of 1941, when Tom was only four-years-old, his young father died of peritonitis. His mother was only earning $27.50 per week and was having trouble controlling her energetic and restless son. Planning to enter nursing school, she put Tom and his younger brother, Jim into the first of a series of foster homes. She hoped to take them back after she graduated and found a good job.

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