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Gunnar Henderson Parents Allen and Kerry Henderson

By / 31 January 2023 06:27 AM

Gunnar Henderson(left) pictured with his brothers and Allen and Kerry during a baseball game in 2017 with interest in baseball stemming in him from a young age
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Gunnar Henderson parents Allen and Kerry Henderson are loyal fans of the Auburn Tigers. Gunnar is the middle child of the couple. 

Their oldest son, Jackson, has chosen a life away from baseball, and their youngest, Cade, is in pursuit of becoming a second family member to join Gunnar in the MLB. Allen and Kerry remain confident that one day they might have to make split jerseys.

Raised in Selma, Alabama, Gunnar and his brothers were introduced to the sport by their father, whom they would wake up at 6 in the morning to practice with them. Allen couldn't let his kids down, after being the one to cultivate their interest in baseball.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Baltimore Orioles last season and played as a shortstop and third baseman. The Auburn native snatched the No. 1 position in the MLB Pipeline's 2023 Top 100 Prospects list and is the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year Award.

Gunnar Henderson Father Allen And Mother Kerry Henderson

Gunnar Henderson parents Allen and Kerry Henderson raised their three sons in Alabama.

The middle child of Allen and Kerry, Gunnar was brought up in a household that treasured the game so much that they decided it was better to build a baseball field right in their backyard. 

Allen Henderson Was The First Coach Of His Sons

After shifting to Selma, Alabama and seeing the lack of baseball fields, Allen decided to make one on his property.

The sport had preoccupied their lives and whether it would be late night or early morning, baseball was the only thing Gunnar looked forward to every day.

The future MLB star, Gunnar, always followed his father's advice during his early years. It was only after reaching a higher level in minor leagues that the pitchers saw his vulnerability and started exploiting it. But Gunnar had an answer prepared for that as well.

Gunnar Henderson(left) pictured with his father, Allen and his family during his older brother Jackson's graduation in 2020
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Allen would advise his son to swing his bat the same way as the ball approached him. Though Gunnar has now sharpened his baseball skills even more after reaching the penultimate level in the sport, one of the first pieces of baseball advice given to him was the reason for his success early on.

After signing with the Orioles and receiving the signing bonus, Gunnar built the baseball field made by his dad. And now the field is enclosed by a batting cage which only shows how deep-rooted baseball has become for the Hendersons.

Kerry Henderson Was A Crimson Tide Supporter

Kerry Henderson was a Crimson Tide supporter before she met Allen.

A fan of the University of Alabama athletics team, Kerry converted to supporting Auburn Tigres. Gunnar revealed the story during his interview with The Athletics in 2022.

Kerry pictured with all her three boys and her husband Allen in 2015
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During Gunnar's interviews, there is one thing that is very noticeable and that is the amount of time he uses, Yes, sir and No, ma'am. Gunnar says it is a southern thing but he said it with respect to his senior, something Allen and Kerry had taught since he was a kid with his two siblings.

Gunnar Henderson Family

Gunnar Henderson family was responsible for organizing practice baseball games for their son in their backyard during his formative years.

Allen and Kerry Henderson raised their three sons in Selma, Alabama. Their oldest son, Jackson, began the family tradition by becoming the first Henderson to join a collegiate baseball team, and now even their youngest son, Cade, is ready to follow in the footsteps of his brother.

Jackson Henderson Was A Former Auburn Player

Jackson Henderson was born four years earlier than his famous brother, Gunnar. Growing up, the siblings were competitive in all kinds of sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and soccer.

The oldest of the three, Jackson, was the first to be trained by their father, Allen, and was part of the John T. Morgan Academy team during his high school years. He was named the team MVP and AISA All-Star in 2015 and 2016.

Gunnar Henderson(right) pictured with his brothers, Jackson(right) and Cade (middle) in 2021
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Jackson joined Auburn University in 2019 after attending Laurleen B. Wallace Community College. He was a pinch hitter for Auburn and made his debut for the Tigers on February 16, 2019.

Unlike his brother, Jackson has chosen a different route in life and opted not to become a professional baseball player. He is available on Instagram with the username @jacksonhenderson2 but has kept his account private.

Jackson(right) and Cade(left) click a photo with Jackson after his game against Red Sox in September 2022.
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Jackson and Gunnar's youngest brother, Cade Henderson, is a budding baseball player and a huge fan of his brother's team, the Baltimore Orioles. He even wanted to wear his Orioles pajamas to the draft, but Kerry made him change for obvious reasons.

Cade, age 15, attends Morgan Academy High School and plays as a utility player. With Gunnar already being a star athlete in his household, he is also certain that his younger brother will become a standout baseball player like him. 

And until then, it will be one Henderson whom we will be supporting in the upcoming MLB season, which will certainly give us an idea of whether the shortstop is here for the long haul.

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