Elston Howard Stats

Elston Howard was born on Saturday, February 23, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri. Howard was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1955, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Elston Howard baseball stats page.

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"The first African American player to don a New York Yankees uniform, Elston Howard traveled a long and arduous road while working his way up the Yankee farm system. Although Howard first joined the Yankee organization in 1950, he had to overcome many obstacles, including a considerable amount of racial prejudice, before he finally found himself wearing pinstripes at the major-league level. Yet, through it all, Howard carried himself with the same class and dignity on which he built his reputation." - Robert W. Cohen in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History (Scarecrow Press, 06/16/2012, " 31. Elston Howard ," Page 161)

Elston Howard

Elston Howard Autograph on a 1955 Bowman Baseball Card (#68 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1955bow01' title='1955 Bowman Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Elston Howard Autograph on a 1955 Bowman Baseball Card (#68 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Elston Gene Howard
Nickname:
None
Born On:
02-23-1929  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
St. Louis, Missouri
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-14-1980 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
New York, New York
Cemetery:
George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, New Jersey Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Vashon High School (St. Louis, MO)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
04-14-1955 (Age 26)
Last Game:
09-29-1968
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Elston Howard Pitching Stats

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Elston Howard Hitting Stats

1955 26 Yankees 97 279 33 81 8 7 10 0 43 20 5 36 1 4 1 4 .290 .336 .477
1956 27 Yankees 98 290 35 76 8 3 5 0 34 21 6 30 2 2 1 11 .262 .312 .362
1957 28 Yankees 110 356 33 90 13 4 8 0 44 16 6 43 6 2 0 18 .253 .283 .379
1958 29 Yankees 103 376 45 118 19 5 11 0 66 22 6 60 4 4 0 9 .314 .348 .479
1959 30 Yankees 125 443 59 121 24 6 18 0 73 20 4 57 4 4 3 12 .273 .306 .476
1960 31 Yankees 107 323 29 79 11 3 6 0 39 28 7 43 2 8 0 8 .245 .298 .353
1961 32 Yankees 129 446 64 155 17 5 21 0 77 28 6 65 1 4 3 5 .348 .387 .549
1962 33 Yankees 136 494 63 138 23 5 21 0 91 31 1 76 3 9 1 20 .279 .318 .474
1963 34 Yankees 135 487 75 140 21 6 28 0 85 35 4 68 1 2 6 17 .287 .342 .528
1964 35 Yankees 150 550 63 172 27 3 15 0 84 48 12 73 0 4 5 10 .313 .371 .455
1965 36 Yankees 110 391 38 91 15 1 9 0 45 24 3 65 1 1 1 16 .233 .278 .345
1966 37 Yankees 126 410 38 105 19 2 6 1 35 37 9 65 0 3 1 12 .256 .317 .356
1967 38 Yankees 66 199 13 39 6 0 3 0 17 12 3 36 1 2 2 6 .196 .247 .271
1967 38 Red Sox 42 116 9 17 3 0 1 0 11 9 3 24 1 2 1 4 .147 .211 .198
1968 39 Red Sox 71 203 22 49 4 0 5 0 18 22 7 45 2 1 1 5 .241 .317 .335
14 Years 1,605 5,363 619 1,471 218 50 167 1 762 373 82 786 29 52 26 157 .274 .322 .427

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Elston Howard Fielding Stats

1955 Yankees C 9 4 144 26 2.9 26 23 3 0 2 0 0 2 1.000 4.88
1955 Yankees LF 61 51 1,254 95 1.6 93 88 5 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.00
1955 Yankees RF 16 14 309 37 2.3 37 32 5 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.23
1956 Yankees C 26 19 552 122 4.7 122 108 14 0 5 2 7 9 1.000 5.97
1956 Yankees LF 62 50 1,392 93 1.5 92 89 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .989 1.78
1956 Yankees RF 5 1 57 7 1.4 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.32
1957 Yankees 1B 2 1 48 23 11.5 23 20 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 12.94
1957 Yankees C 32 26 715 192 6.0 189 178 11 3 4 3 6 9 .984 7.14
1957 Yankees LF 69 64 1,674 125 1.8 122 117 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.97
1957 Yankees RF 2 2 51 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.06
1958 Yankees 1B 5 5 129 40 8.0 40 38 2 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.37
1958 Yankees C 67 64 1,773 382 5.7 381 355 26 1 8 3 18 17 .997 5.80
1958 Yankees LF 16 15 381 33 2.1 33 32 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.34
1958 Yankees RF 9 8 210 19 2.1 18 18 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.31
1959 Yankees 1B 50 48 1,248 477 9.5 470 444 26 7 39 n/a n/a n/a .985 10.17
1959 Yankees C 43 41 1,075 246 5.7 244 221 23 2 2 4 5 9 .992 6.13
1959 Yankees LF 18 14 399 36 2.0 35 35 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.37
1959 Yankees RF 10 9 240 11 1.1 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.24
1960 Yankees C 91 80 2,195 456 5.0 450 410 40 6 9 8 19 20 .987 5.54
1960 Yankees LF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1961 Yankees 1B 9 9 258 95 10.6 94 90 4 1 12 n/a n/a n/a .989 9.84
1961 Yankees C 111 106 2,770 683 6.2 678 635 43 5 4 8 20 20 .993 6.61
1962 Yankees C 129 124 3,271 761 5.9 757 713 44 4 12 6 19 23 .995 6.25
1963 Yankees C 132 128 3,432 842 6.4 837 786 51 5 8 8 22 15 .994 6.58
1964 Yankees C 146 141 414 1,008 6.9 1,006 939 67 2 9 8 0 8 .998 65.61
1965 Yankees 1B 5 3 81 30 6.0 30 29 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.00
1965 Yankees C 95 93 2,442 663 7.0 657 614 43 6 6 10 39 22 .991 7.26
1965 Yankees LF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1966 Yankees 1B 13 13 315 120 9.2 120 112 8 0 11 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.29
1966 Yankees C 100 98 2,555 606 6.1 597 553 44 9 6 6 30 19 .985 6.31
1967 Yankees 1B 1 0 9 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1967 Yankees C 48 47 1,259 320 6.7 315 289 26 5 4 3 19 11 .984 6.76
1967 Red Sox C 41 33 918 261 6.4 260 246 14 1 5 3 13 7 .996 7.65
1968 Red Sox C 68 62 1,608 409 6.0 407 377 30 2 3 3 41 14 .995 6.83
C Totals 1,138 1,066 25,123 6,977 6.1 6,926 6,447 479 51 87 75 258 205 .993 7.44
LF Totals 228 195 5,127 383 1.7 376 362 14 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .982 1.98
1B Totals 85 79 2,088 786 9.2 778 734 44 8 70 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.06
RF Totals 42 34 867 76 1.8 75 70 5 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.34
14 Years 1,493 1,374 33,205 8,222 5.5 8,155 7,613 542 67 160 75 258 205 .992 6.63

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Elston Howard Miscellaneous Stats

1955 Yankees 0 0 .000 22 1 n/a 27.9 7.8 6.5 - - -
1956 Yankees 0 1 .000 13 0 n/a 58.0 9.7 8.5 - - -
1957 Yankees 2 5 .286 10 1 n/a 44.5 8.3 8.1 - - -
1958 Yankees 1 1 .500 10 0 n/a 34.2 6.3 5.7 - - -
1959 Yankees 0 1 .000 13 0 n/a 24.6 7.8 6.1 - - -
1960 Yankees 3 0 1.000 18 0 n/a 53.8 7.5 8.3 - - -
1961 Yankees 0 3 .000 14 0 n/a 21.2 6.9 5.8 - - -
1962 Yankees 1 1 .500 10 0 n/a 23.5 6.5 5.4 - - -
1963 Yankees 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 17.4 7.2 5.7 - - -
1964 Yankees 1 1 .500 8 0 n/a 36.7 7.5 6.5 - - -
1965 Yankees 0 0 .000 13 0 n/a 43.4 6.0 8.7 - - -
1966 Yankees 0 0 .000 13 0 n/a 68.3 6.3 11.7 - - -
1967 Yankees 0 0 .000 19 0 n/a 66.3 5.5 11.7 - - -
1967 Red Sox 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 116.0 4.8 10.5 - - -
1968 Red Sox 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 40.6 4.5 11.3 - - -
14 Years 9 14 .391 175 2 n/a 32.1 6.8 7.0 - - -

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Elston Howard Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1955 New York Yankees 32 $10,000.00 - Stats
1956 New York Yankees 32 $12,000.00 - Stats
1957 New York Yankees 32 $14,500.00 Stats Stats
1958 New York Yankees 32 $17,000.00 Stats Stats
1959 New York Yankees 32 $25,000.00 Stats -
1960 New York Yankees 32 $35,000.00 Stats Stats
1961 New York Yankees 32 $45,000.00 Stats Stats
1962 New York Yankees 32 $55,000.00 Stats Stats
1963 New York Yankees 32 $60,000.00 Stats Stats
1964 New York Yankees 32 $65,000.00 Stats Stats
1965 New York Yankees 32 $70,000.00 Stats -
1966 New York Yankees 32 $75,000.00 - -
1967 New York Yankees 32 $64,000.00 - Stats
1967 Boston Red Sox 18 "     " - Stats
1968 Boston Red Sox 18 $65,000.00 - -
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In 1963 , Elston Howard hit .287, a career high 28 home runs, drove in 85 runners (RBI), posted a .528 slugging average (3rd highest in the league / Top 25 ), winning the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award (the first black player in AL history to win an MVP ) and a Gold Glove Award - the first New York Yankees ' catcher to receive the honor.

In 1955 , on July 23rd , Elston Howard pinch hit for Irv Noren in the ninth inning and hit a game-tying home run. The previous batter, Bob Cerv , pinch hit for Tommy Byrne and had a home run - the duo are the first New York Yankees to hit back-to-back pinch hit home runs in the same game!

Yogi Berra (#1), Johnny Bench (#2), Roy Campanella (#3), Mickey Cochrane (#4), Mike Piazza (#5), Carlton Fisk (#6), Bill Dickey (#7), Gary Carter (#8), Gabby Hartnett (#9), Ted Simmons (#10), Joe Torre (#11), Bill Freehan (#12), Ivan Rodriguez (#13), Thurman Munson (#14) and Elston Howard (#15) - the greatest catchers in baseball history as ranked by Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract , who wrote:

15. Elston Howard

Howard reached the Yankees in 1955 and, although he played fairly well, was never a star until 1961 . Everbody knows that Bill Dickey worked with the young Yogi Berra , teaching Berra to catch. But fewer people know that Dickey stayed with the Yankees for years as a coach, and also worked with Elston Howard when Stengel finally decided that Howard was going to be his next catcher.

In 1961 , the first year post- Casey , Howard burst into the limelight wit a .348 season, 21 homers, and then had four genuinely outstanding seasons, 1961-64, winning an MVP Award with a 1963 seasons that, in all honesty, was not 1% better than the other three seasons. We have his Win Shares from 1961 through 1964 at 29, 20, 28, and 32. He faded quickly after that, due to injuries.

This is very much the same career pattern that Bill Dickey had. Dickey reached the Yankees in late 1928 , but he, too, was never really outstanding until 1936 , when he hit .362 with 23 homers. He, also, was then superb for four years, posting Win Share totals of 25, 32, 27, and 27. Then, like Howard, he had injuries and faded away.

Obviously Dickey was better than Howard, although not all that much better, in my opinion, and just a tiny bit better in his four big seasons. And, to the extent that Dickey was better, he was better mostly because the park - Yankee Stadium - favored Dickey , whereas it almost ruined Howard. In his career, Dickey hit more than two-thirds of his home runs in Yankee Stadium - one of the highest home-park home run percentages in history.

Howard, on the other hand, has one of the lowest percentages of home runs at home, because Yankee Stadium at that time was a $20 taxi ride to left field. Dickey outhomered Howard 202 to 167, in careers of fairly comparable length, but that's all because of Yankee Stadium . In road games, Howard outhomered Dickey 113 to 67.

Did you know that Elston Howard, in 1962 , hit eighteen home runs on the road, three in Yankee Stadium , the greatest road-vs-home disparity in a single season by a New York Yankee (a difference of 15), a mark that stood until 2003 , when Jason Giambi hit twenty-nine homers on the road, and twelve at home, a difference of 17?

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