Today in History: Elston Howard Dies

Elston Howard

Elston Howard

On this day in 1980, Elston Howard who was a major League Baseball Player died.

He was an outstanding catcher for the Yankees during the 1950s and 1960s and was the first Black player to play for the Yankees.

During a 14-year baseball career, he played from 1955–1968, primarily for the New York Yankees.

He was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player for the 1963 pennant winners after finishing third in the league in slugging average and fifth in home runs, becoming the first black player in AL history to win the honor.

His lifetime fielding percentage of .993 was a major league record from 1967 to 1973, and he retired among the AL career leaders in putouts (7th, 6,447) and total chances (9th, 6,977).

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