Dick Howser

Richard Dalton Howser (May 14, 1936 – June 17, 1987) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, coach, and manager, best known as the manager of the Kansas City Royals during the 1980s, and for guiding them to the franchise's first World Series title in 1985.

Dick Howser
Dick Howser 1985
Howser at the White House in 1985
Shortstop / Manager
Born: May 14, 1936
Miami, Florida
Died: June 17, 1987 (aged 51)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1961, for the Kansas City Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1968, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs16
Runs batted in165
Teams
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Playing career

A native of Miami, Florida, Howser grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida; graduated from Palm Beach High School; and attended college at Florida State University. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. At Florida State, he received honors twice as an All-American shortstop and set a school record with a batting average of .422 in 1956. Signed by the Kansas City Athletics, he hit .280, stole 37 bases, scored 108 runs, and led American League shortstops in putouts and errors in his rookie season. For this he was selected to the 1961 All-Star team, and was named The Sporting News rookie of the year.

As his stats declined in the following two years, his only other season as a regular was with the Cleveland Indians in 1964. His major league career spanned eight seasons with three (3) clubs – Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees.

Managerial career

Immediately following his playing career, he was the third base coach with the Yankees for ten seasons (1969–78). He then spent one year (1979) as head baseball coach at his alma mater, Florida State.

As a manager at the major league level, Howser was highly successful, never finishing lower than second place during his seven-year managerial career.

New York Yankees

He made his debut in 1978, managing one game with the Yankees between Billy Martin's and Bob Lemon's first tours as skipper in the Bronx. In 1980, he returned from Florida State to become a full-time manager of the Yanks, taking them to the AL Eastern Division championship with a 103–59 record, but losing three consecutive games to the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs.

Howser was one of the few Yankee managers who refused to let owner George Steinbrenner push him around. Steinbrenner had a rule about facial hair, which Reggie Jackson would skirt around from time to time in 1980. Howser, thinking it was unimportant with the year Reggie was having, refused to correct Jackson, but Jackson later relented and shaved out of respect for Howser. Also, whenever Steinbrenner would call the manager's office before or after games while Howser was meeting with coaches or reporters, Howser would pick up the phone, say "I'm busy!", and hang up.

Steinbrenner, however, got the last word. In Game 2 of the 1980 ALCS, Yankee third base coach Mike Ferraro waved Willie Randolph home on a double by Bob Watson with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the Yankees down 3-2. Randolph was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by George Brett, prompting Steinbrenner to jump out of his seat and shout what appeared to be profanities on live national television. Steinbrenner wanted Ferraro fired on the spot after the game, but Howser refused. The Yankees would go on to lose the ALCS in three games, and Steinbrenner fired Howser shortly after that.

In the 2007 ESPN produced mini-series The Bronx Is Burning, Howser was portrayed by actor Max Casella.

Kansas City Royals

1985 Kansas City Royals at White House
Howser (to left of podium) presents President Ronald Reagan with a Royals jacket, hat, and bat at the White House after their World Series victory.

The next year, Kansas City, his postseason rival on multiple occasions in previous seasons, hired Howser to manage the last 33 games of the strike-shortened 1981 season. Under Howser, the Royals finished second in 1982 and 1983. Prior to the 1984 season, their clubhouse ravaged by drug problems, the Royals started disassembling their team and starting over. Kansas City expected 1984 to be a rebuilding year, but Howser guided the young team to a division title. The Royals were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, three games to none.

The following year, Howser guided the Royals to their first World Series title. The Royals reached the World Series by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, which was Toronto's first postseason appearance. The Royals then went on to defeat the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals. In both the ALCS and World Series, the Royals won each series by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to take the last three games.

1986 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

As manager of the defending AL champions, the Kansas City Royals, Howser managed the 1986 All-Star Game at the Astrodome in Houston. Broadcasters noticed he was messing up signals when he changed pitchers, and Howser later admitted he felt sick before the game. It was the last game he would manage in the major leagues, as he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery. Howser guided the AL to a 3–2 victory, starting a 30-year stretch that has seen the junior circuit go 22–6–1 in the Mid-Summer Classic after going 2–21 from 1963 through 1985.

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
New York Yankees 1978 1978 0 1 .000
New York Yankees 1980 1980 103 59 .636 0 3 .000
Kansas City Royals 1981 1986 404 365 .525 8 12 .400
Total 507 425 .544 8 15 .348
Reference:[1]

Death

Howser attempted a comeback during spring training of 1987 with the Royals, but quickly found he was physically too weak and abandoned the attempt in late February, when Billy Gardner took over. Three months later, he died at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City,[2][3] and was buried in Tallahassee, Florida. Two pitchers from his 1981 Royals team later died of brain cancer: Dan Quisenberry in 1998 and Ken Brett in 2003.

Howser was survived by his wife Nancy and twin daughters from a previous marriage.

Tributes

RoyalsRetired
Howser's managerial number 10 was retired by the Royals alongside George Brett and Frank White.
Kansas City Royals - 10
Dick Howser's number 10 was retired by the Kansas City Royals in 1987.

On July 3, 1987, Howser's number 10 became the first number retired by the Kansas City Royals. Also in that year, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce established the Dick Howser Trophy, college baseball's equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy, in Howser's honor.

Florida State University's baseball team plays on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, named in his honor, and he is honored with a bronze bust on the stadium grounds.

The Royals also commissioned a new bronze statue for their Outfield Experience to cap off the end of Kauffman Stadium renovations in 2009. The statue was revealed in a dedication ceremony on Opening Day, April 10, 2009.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dick Howser". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Howser 'left his mark' before dying of cancer". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 18, 1987. p. 1D.
  3. ^ Thomas, Robert McG., Jr. (June 18, 1987). "Dick Howser dies at 51; ex-manager of Royals". New York Times. p. B12.

External links

Preceded by
Frankie Crosetti
New York Yankees third base coach
1969–1978
Succeeded by
Mike Ferraro
1957 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.

1958 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.

2014 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

The 2014 Florida State Seminoles baseball team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Seminoles played their home games at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, named for 35th year head coach Mike Martin. It was the Seminoles' 23rd season as a member of the ACC and its 9th in the ACC Atlantic Division.

Florida State achieved forty wins for the thirty-seventh straight year and twenty conference wins for the seventh time in school history. The Seminoles made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the fifty-second time, their thirty-seventh straight tournament appearance. Florida State was chosen as a national seed for the tenth time and hosted a regional for the thirty-first time.

2015 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

The 2015 Florida State Seminoles baseball team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University during the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Seminoles played their home games at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Martin, in his 36th season at Florida State. It was the Seminoles' 24th season as a member of the ACC and its 10th in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

Despite having a young team, Florida State won the ACC title and reached forty wins for the thirty-eighth straight year. The Seminoles were selected to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament, marking their fifty-third tournament appearance and hosting for the thirty-second time, advancing to the super regionals for the fourteenth time.

2016 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

The 2016 Florida State Seminoles baseball team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University during the 2016 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Seminoles played their home games at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Martin, in his 37th season at Florida State. It was the Seminoles' 25th season as a member of the ACC and its 11th in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

Florida State entered the season as the defending ACC champion and finished the season as ACC runner-up.

The Seminoles reached the post-season for the thirty-ninth straight year (the second longest active streak) and were selected as the sixteenth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, hosting for the sixth consecutive season.

2017 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

The 2017 Florida State Seminoles baseball team, variously Florida State or FSU, represents Florida State University during the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Seminoles play their home games at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are led by head coach Mike Martin, in his 38th season at Florida State.

Florida State finished the 2016 season with a 41–22 record, winning 16 conference games, and finishing as the runner-up in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the thirty-ninth consecutive year, where they won the Tallahassee Regional but were eliminated by Florida in the Gainesville Super Regional. Prior to the start of the season, Florida State was picked to finish first in the Atlantic Division as well as the ACC, while shortstop Taylor Walls, catcher Cal Raleigh, infielder Dylan Busby and outfielder Jackson Lueck were named preseason All-American players.Despite failing to finish with a winning record in ACC play for the first time, the Seminoles went on to win the ACC Tournament to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament as the twelfth overall seed. Eventually advancing to the Super Regionals, Florida State went on to become just the 21st team to ever lose their first game and come back to win four straight to take the regional, going on to make their first appearance at the College World Series in five years. Nine players from the team were selected in the MLB Draft, the most for the school since 1995.

Anthony Rendon

Anthony Michael Rendon (, born June 6, 1990) is an American baseball third baseman for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Rendon played college baseball for the Rice University Owls, where he won the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy. Rendon was selected sixth overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Nationals.

Clemson Tigers baseball

The Clemson Tigers baseball team represents Clemson University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers are currently coached by head coach Monte Lee and play their home games in Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The program has reached the NCAA Tournament in all but one season dating back to 1987. Clemson has made twelve appearances in the College World Series with an all-time record of 12–24 in Omaha.The team has a heated in-state rivalry with the University of South Carolina. Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball.com has called it "college baseball's most heated rivalry," and Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has called it "far and away the most compelling rivalry college baseball has to offer." As of the end of the 2017 regular season series, Clemson leads the all-time series 176-137-2. Clemson won the 2017 series 2-1 with wins in Greenville, South Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The Tigers beat South Carolina 8-7 at Fluor Field and 5-3 in 11 innings at Founders Park.

Dick Howser Trophy

The Dick Howser Trophy is bestowed annually to the national college baseball player of the year. The award is named after former collegiate and Major League Baseball (MLB) player and manager Dick Howser, who died of brain cancer in 1987 at the age of 51. In that same year, the award was established by friends of Howser and presented to Mike Fiore, the inaugural winner.Three winners of the Dick Howser Trophy are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Three winners—Kris Benson, David Price, and Stephen Strasburg—went on to become the first overall MLB draft pick. Jason Jennings, Buster Posey, and Kris Bryant went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award several years after winning the Dick Howser Trophy. Jered Weaver is the only award winner to pitch a no-hitter, while Mark Teixeira holds the record for most games with home runs from both sides of the plate. Furthermore, seventeen players won the Golden Spikes Award alongside the Dick Howser Trophy. Brooks Kieschnick is the only player to win the trophy more than once.The winners from 1987 to 1998 were selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) became the voting body in 1999, and now presents the award together with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce in Florida. The most recent recipient of the award is Brady Singer of the University of Florida.

Florida State Seminoles baseball

The Florida State Seminoles baseball team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of college baseball. Florida State competes in NCAA Division I, and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Florida State Seminoles are the second-winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program in percentage of games won, with an all-time win percentage of .727 as of the 2017 season. The Seminoles rank eighth in all-time number of total wins and third in post-season wins. The Seminoles have appeared in the NCAA Tournament fifty-six times, advancing to the College World Series twenty-two times — and have appeared in the CWS Championship Game or Championship Series on three occasions in 1970, 1986 and 1999. Florida State has won eleven regular season conference championships and twenty conference tournament championships, including eight ACC tournament titles.

Florida State has had ninety-three All-Americans, forty-one players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and sixty-two players that went on to play Major League Baseball. Former Seminoles who have gone on to have success include Randy Choate, J. D. Drew, Stephen Drew, Ron Fraser, Johnny Grubb, Terry Kennedy, Doug Mientkiewicz, Buster Posey, Shane Robinson, Larry Rothschild, Tony La Russa, Paul Sorrento, Kevin Cash, Woody Woodward, and Jameis Winston.

The Seminoles play their home games on campus at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus and are currently coached by Mike Martin, the winningest coach in the history of college baseball.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team represents the Georgia Institute of Technology in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Georgia Tech athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yellow Jackets play their home games in Russ Chandler Stadium and they are currently coached by Danny Hall.

Golden Spikes Award

The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States. The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship." The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978. In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick. Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award). Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter, while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game. Furthermore, 17 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball) alongside the Golden Spikes Award. No player has won the award more than once.

Since 2014, the winner has been announced during a live broadcast of ESPN's SportsCenter. Immediately following the announcement, the award winner and the other finalists are honored at a banquet in Los Angeles. Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award—junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010. The most recent recipient of the award is Andrew Vaughn of the California Golden Bears.

Kentucky Wildcats baseball

The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team represents the University of Kentucky in NCAA Division I college baseball and competes in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The current head coach of the Wildcats is Nick Mingione.

Kentucky is the only member of the 14-team SEC never to reach the College World Series. Arkansas and South Carolina, both of which joined the SEC in 1992, have made multiple trips to Omaha since coming aboard, with the Gamecocks claiming back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, the newest members, Missouri and Texas A&M, both made appearances as members of other conferences.

List of Kansas City Royals managers

The Kansas City Royals are a franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League. The Royals franchise was formed in 1969.

There have been 19 managers for the Royals. Joe Gordon became the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, serving for one season. Bob Lemon became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Royals for more than one season. Ned Yost has managed more games than any other Royals manager and as many seasons as Dick Howser and Tony Muser. Whitey Herzog, Jim Frey, Howser, and Ned Yost are the only managers to have led the Royals into the playoffs. Three Royals managers—Gordon, Lemon, and Herzog—have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;In 1970, Gordon was replaced with Charlie Metro. The Royals made their first playoff appearance under Herzog. Four managers have led the Royals into the postseason. Dick Howser led the Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985. Ned Yost led the Royals into two World Series appearances, in the 2014 World Series, and a Win in the 2015 World Series. Frey, led the Royals to One world series appearance in the 1980 World Series. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Herzog, with a percentage of .574. The lowest percentage was Bob Schaefer in 2005, although he managed for only 17 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Royals was Buddy Bell, the manager from 2005 through the 2007 season with a percentage of .399.

The highest win total for a Royals manager is held by Yost, who also holds the record for losses. Tony Peña became the first Royals manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2003. The current manager of the Royals is Ned Yost. He was hired on May 13, 2010 after Trey Hillman was fired.

Mike Martin (baseball coach)

Michael D. Martin Sr. (born February 12, 1944) is the head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage. After the 2018 season, Martin had compiled a record of 1,987 wins, 713 losses and four ties over 39 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.

Martin, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, began his collegiate playing career at Wingate Junior College where he was a Junior College All-American. He then transferred to Florida State, where he played from 1965 to 1966 and graduated in 1966. During his years as the center fielder at Florida State, Martin hit .354, and earned all-District honors in his senior season and played in the 1965 College World Series. After his college career was over, Martin played professional baseball in the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers minor league organizations for three seasons before beginning his career in coaching.

Martin began his career in coaching at the junior high school level. His first stint as a college coach, surprisingly, came in a different sport, basketball, when Martin became the head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College during the 1970–1971 season.It was in 1975, when Woody Woodward took over the head coaching job at Florida State, that Martin would be reunited with his alma mater. Martin served as an assistant coach under Woodward for four seasons, and then for another season under Dick Howser. Howser would get his chance to manage the New York Yankees and Martin stepped into the head coaching role at Florida State in 1980.

Though Martin's teams have yet to win a national title, his tenure at Florida State is marked with many "honors" and "feats". Florida State, as of the 2018 season, has made 41 straight postseason appearances (39 under Martin), the longest active streak in the country. Martin's Seminoles have won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and have appeared in 16 College World Series. Of course, none of these appearances have culminated in an elusive national championship. This has led to derisive taunting that he is the "Lord of No Rings", made worse by the rival Florida Gators winning their first championship in 2017.

Martin's players, which include many college and professional standouts such as Deion Sanders, J. D. Drew, Doug Mientkiewicz, Stephen Drew, Paul Wilson, Lincoln R. "Link" Jarrett, and Buster Posey, have excelled as well. More than 70 of Martin's players have been named All-Americans, five have been named national player of the year, four have won the Golden Spikes Award, considered to be the most prestigious individual award in amateur baseball, and two have won the Dick Howser Trophy, J.D. Drew and Buster Posey, considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for baseball. Martin has won the ACC Coach of the Year award seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012).

On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Martin would retire following the 2019 season.Dedicated in 2005, Florida State's baseball team plays on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium

Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium is a baseball venue located in Tallahassee, Florida, United States, located adjacent to Doak Campbell Stadium on the campus of Florida State University. It is the home field of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. It opened in 1983 and was renovated in 2004. The two-year, $12 million renovation project expanded the seating capacity to 6,700.

Mike Zunino

Michael Accorsi Zunino (born March 25, 1991) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners.

Before beginning his professional career, Zunino played college baseball at the University of Florida, where he won the Dick Howser Trophy, Golden Spikes Award, and Johnny Bench Award in his junior year. The Mariners selected Zunino with the third overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2013.

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) is an association of baseball writers, broadcasters, and publicists in the United States. It was founded in 1962.The NCBWA compiles a preseason ranking of the top 35 teams in the nation, as voted on by its members. In addition, weekly rankings of the top 30 teams are released throughout the season and after the College World Series.

The NCBWA awards NCBWA preseason All-American awards, the Dick Howser Trophy (Player of the Year), Regional Players of the Year awards, and All-America awards.Also the National Coach of the Year is awarded by NCBWA.

Taylor Jungmann

Taylor Heath Jungmann (born December 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to playing professionally, Jungmann played college baseball for the Texas Longhorns, where he was a consensus All-American and won the Dick Howser Trophy.

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