5. Frank Howard
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 8, 1936 in Columbus, OH USA
  • Weight: 255 lbs.
  • Height: 6'7"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 10, 1958
  • Final Game: September 30, 1973
  • Rookie of the Year - 1960
  • TSN All-Star - 1968
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1970
 
AB R H HR RBI SB AVG
6488 864 1774 382 1119 80.273
 
If this were based on accomplishments only when the franchise was based in Washington, slugger Frank Howard would easily hold the top spot.

Howard was the bright spot on some week Washington Senator teams, but he would give the fans reasons to cheer, winning the Home Run Title and blasting 40 Home Runs three consecutive seasons.  He would also show very good plate discipline with two seasons over .400 in On Base Percentage.  As a Senator, Howard finished in the top ten in MVP voting three times.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Ken McMullen, Dick Nen, Phil Ortega Pete Richert for John Kennedy, Claude Osteen and $100,000 2/4/64.
  • Departed: Purchased by the Detroit Tigers 8/31/72
  • Games Played: 1172
  • Notable Statistics: 544 Runs Scored
    1,141 Hits
    155 Doubles
    246 Home Runs
    701 RBI
    5 Stolen Bases
    .277/.367/.503 Slash Line
    26.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star Game (1968, 1969, 1970 & 1971)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1968)
    Most Home Runs (1968 & 1970)
    Most Runs Batted In (1971)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Leftfielder (1967)
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0 #1 Kevin Shay 2020-01-24 06:40
Howard deserves to have his own page as someone who should receive more consideratio n for the Hall of Fame. He played in a pitchers' era but still hit more HRs [382] and had a higher OPS+ [142] than many in the Hall of Fame.
Ted Williams noted that Howard crushed the ball and was "without question the biggest, strongest guy who ever played this game." In the pitcher’s years of 1967-71, Howard hit more HRs than anyone in MLB despite playing in tough-hittin g RFK Stadium.
The lowly Senators did not have another slugger to protect Howard. In 1960, Howard hit a home run an estimated 560 feet at Pittsburgh's old Forbes Field. He made the All-Star team four times and was HR king twice. He was on a World Series champion and coached numerous years.
Howard deserves to be in the baseball hall
if Schalk [.253 career BA, 11 career HRs], Tinker [.262 career BA, 31 HRs], Mazeroski [.260 career BA, 138 HRs], Rizzuto [.273 BA, 38 HRs], and others are.
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