Saturday, April 1, 2023


Fun new thread to start today, celebrating Major League stars who played in the Negro Leagues, beginning with New York Yankees legend Elston Howard:

Howard was only 19 when he suited up for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1948 before heading off to serve in the military.
He's credited with appearing in 20 games that year, hitting .250 with 20 hits over 80 at-bats, driving in 13 runs while scoring 16.
He would eventually break the Yankees' color-barrier in 1955, immediately showing he belonged, with a .290 batting average and 10 homers in only 97 games, driving in 43 runs and scoring 33.
Two seasons later he would make his first All-Star team, the first of nine straight seasons doing so, and of course in 1963 would also be named the A.L. MVP when he hit 28 home runs with 85 RBIs while hitting .287, taking home the first of two straight Gold Gloves for his work behind the plate.
After a nice 14-year career as a player, finishing up his playing days as a member of the Boston Red Sox, he returned to the Bronx as a coach, a position he would hold for the next ten years until his untimely death from heart disease in 1980.
Four years later the Yankees would retire Howard's #32 in 1984, and I was actually at that ceremony as a young teenaged kid of 15.


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