Del Howard

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George Elmer Howard

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Del Howard was a semi-regular with the 1907 and 1908 Chicago Cubs that won the World Series both years. He frequently played outfield and first base, and hit .279 in 1908 when the league average was .239.

He was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from Omaha in 1904. He came up to the majors for the first time with the 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates who won 96 games. Howard became the regular first baseman, and hit .292 in a league that hit .255.

He was traded before the next season to the Boston Beaneaters, where he spent 1 1/2 years. Boston, which lost 102 games in 1906, used him in only two games at first base, preferring him instead in the outfield (87 games), at second base (45 games) and shortstop (14 games). He hit .261 on a team that hit .226.

The team was not much better the next year, and he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in mid-season. The Cubs, like the Pirates, were a top team. Howard played frequently in 1907 and 1908, although he did not dislodge either Frank Chance from first base or Frank Schulte from right field.

In 1909, his last season, his batting average dropped nearly 100 points.

Howard was later part-owner of the Oakland Oaks.

Del's brother Ivan Howard, five years younger, came to the majors in 1914 and played four years. Like Del, Ivan played a variety of infield and outfield positions.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
1910 Louisville Colonels American Association 8th replaced Hal Peitz
1911 Louisville Colonels American Association 67-101 8th
1916 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 29-64 6th replaced Rowdy Elliott (43-72) on July 28
1917 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 103-108 5th
1918 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 40-63 6th
1919 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 86-96 5th
1920 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 95-103 6th
1921 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 101-85 5th
1922 Oakland Oaks Pacific Coast League 88-112 6th

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