Horgan: Danish journalist documents the life of his country’s lone MLB player

From Richard Horgan at Ad Week on June 20, 2017:

As Jannik Bay Hansen waited for his New Year’s Eve party guests to arrive in Copenhagen in 2010, he turned to Google to pass the time. Seven years later, the freelance journalist was recently in the U.S. tending to a project related to that seemingly innocent activity.

Hansen is writing a book about Olaf Henriksen, a member of the Boston Red Sox at the beginning of the 20th century and the only Dane to make it to baseball’s North American major leagues.


Henriksen also played in the 1915 and 1916 World Series, before moving from pro to semi-pro leagues in 1917. He passed away in 1962.

In addition to Ohio, Hansen spent time in Boston and New York. In the latter locale, he attended his first-ever MLB game at Citi Field. It should be a fascinating book. Here’s just a taste of the fertile material this represents, from a profile done for the Society of American Baseball Research.

Read the full article here: http://www.adweek.com/digital/boston-red-sox-olaf-henriksen/

Originally published: June 22, 2017. Last Updated: June 22, 2017.