Henderson was the son of Neal Henderson and Rosa Lee (nee White) Henderson. He was born and raised in Fort Smith, AR where in 1938 he was given the opportunity to serve as batboy for the Kansas City Monarchs during one of the team's barnstorming games in town.2 In 1941, Henderson and his family moved to San Diego, CA where Neale attended school and played baseball at San Diego High.3 After graduation, he was signed as a shortstop to play with the Abilene Ikes, a semi-pro team in Abilene, KS. Later in the season, he joined Rogers Hornsby's All-Star Whiz Bangs team, which barnstormed the midwest.4 Before entering the U.S. Army in 1951, Henderson also played with the Kansas City Monarchs and Kansas City Travelers.5
2. The Negro Leagues Revisited: Conversations With 66 More Baseball Heroes, By Brent P. Kelley, 2000
3. "Neale “Bobo” Henderson: From Andrews Field to Kansas City Monarchs", The Journal, Fort Smith Historical Society, Vol. 38, No. 2, September 2014, ed. by Billy Higgins.