William Francis “Bill” Denehy
William Francis “Bill” Denehy is a former major league baseball player for the New York Mets. Once considered a top prospect, sharing his rookie card with Tom Seaver, “Baseball Bill” badly injured his arm the first month of his career. Bill unsuccessfully tried to stay in baseball with the aid of multiple cortisone shots, which exacerbated his long-time struggles with anger and addiction. He later coached the University of Hartford, was a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, and a radio announcer. He is now in long-term recovery and belongs to the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Denehy’s new memoir is Rage: The Legend of ‘Baseball Bill’ Denehy (co-written with sports author Peter Golenbock).