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 Elston Howard

Elston Howard

Birth
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 14 Dec 1980 (aged 51)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Section DD, Lot 10-AI
Memorial ID 3618 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a catcher and the first African American to play for the New York Yankees. Prior to his debut for the Yankees on April 14, 1955, he was in the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs when assigned to the Yankees' farm team at Muskegon, Michigan. For fourteen seasons, he played with the New York Yankees (1955-66) and the Boston Red Sox (1967-68). Over the coarse of his career, he played in nine All-Star games 1957 to 1965, with 1471 hits, 619 runs scored, 167 homeruns, 762 runs batted, a .274 batting average and a .993 fielding percentage, a major league record from 1967 to 1973. On July 21, 1984, the Yankees retired Howard's uniform number 32 and dedicated a plaque in his honor for their Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. He died of heart failure at 51 in New York City.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 30 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elston Howard (23 Feb 1929–14 Dec 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3618, citing George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .