Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Happy # 81 Frank Howard

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We remember Frank Howard.    He was born on this day in Columbus, Ohio.

Frank broke with the LA Dodgers in 1958 and became a regular in 1960 when he hit 23 HR and won the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Eventually, he was traded to the Washington Senators where he hit 246 HR in 8 seasons.   

He led the AL in HR twice with 44 in 1968 and 1970.    

From 1967 to 1970, Howard hit 198 HR over 5 seasons.   He and Killebrew were the two biggest  power hitters in the AL.

In 1972, the Senators became the Texas Rangers and Howard hit the first HR in the team's history.   However,  he was traded to Detroit and his career was over in 1973.

Overall, Frank Howard hit a very decent .272 average with 382 HR & 1,119 RBI.     

My one memory of Howard is a line drive HR that left the park in a heart beat.   I have never seen a ball hit harder than that.   It was amazing!





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