Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Earl Howard died 75 years ago today

Earl Nycum Howard, pitcher

Milwaukee Brewers: 1918-20; 1925


Earl Nycum Howard, who died 75 years ago today, left this earth much too early, at the age of 40 as the result of pneumonia, according to Baseball Necrology. The same source indicates Howard was a US Army veteran of World War I.

Born June 25, 1896 at Everett, Pennsylvania, Howard’s three seasons in the American Association were each spent with one team: the Milwaukee Brewers.

His first three season with Milwaukee were from 1918-20, a particularly rough time for the club. Howard was 2-2 in eight games in 1918, posted a 12-20 record in 44 games in 1919, then went 2-7 in 11 games in 1920. He returned to appear in four games with the Brewers in 1925 at the age of 29 when he won one game, lost none.

Howard’s last of 10 seasons in organized ball was spent with the Newark Bears of the International League in 1928 when he put two wins on the board against three losses.

I count myself as fortunate to be in possession of a game-used bat which once belonged to Earl Howard.

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