Dick Howser
Dick Howser
Full Name:  Richard Dalton Howser
     Born:  May 14, 1936 in Miami, Fl
     Died:  June 17, 1987 in Kansas City, Mo


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    Jim Lyttle, Tony Ferrara, DICK HOWSER
From the collection of long-time FSU Trainer Don Fauls
donated to Florida State by his children


FSU Career
Baseball
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  B  T  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1955      SS-OF   5-9  140  R  R  Fr   N   West Palm Beach       
1956      SS-OF   5-9  140  R  R  So   *   West Palm Beach       
1957      SS      5-8  155  R  R  Jr   *   West Palm Beach       
1958  12  SS      5-8  150  R  R  Sr   *   West Palm Beach       
1979  34                                                         Head Coach
Coaches & Administrators

                                                                 


Awards
Baseball
Year  Award
1957  American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
1958  American Baseball Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1977
Dick Howser's name is synonymous with major league baseball, but his place in Florida State's Hall of Fame was secured by his outstanding play as a shortstop from 1956-58. Howser led the Seminoles to the District III playoffs each year and to the 1957 College World Series. He became FSU's first All-American baseball player in 1957 and repeated the feat in 1958. Howser went on the play professionally with Kansas City, Cleveland and the New York Yankees. He then moved into coaching, managing the NY Yankees and winning a World Series Championship as the manager of the Kansas City Royals. A national award presented annually to the nation's top college baseball player is named after Howser as is FSU's baseball stadium.


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Dick Howser Among Inductees For Class Of 2008 National College Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Howser played three seasons at Florida State and coached for a year in 1979.

March 6, 2008.

LUBBOCK, TX - The College Baseball Foundation announced on Wednesday, March 5 that former Seminole student-athlete and head coach Dick Howser is among a list of 12 players and coaches that will comprise the 2008 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Class.

"We are very excited to announce this year's class," said Mike Gustafson, co-chair of the Hall of Fame and member of the College Baseball Foundation Board of Trustees. "There are some exceptional players and coaches in this year's class and they deserve this recognition."

Joining Howser in this year's Hall of Fame class is Steve Arlin (Pitcher - Ohio State, 1965-1966), Eddie Bane (Pitcher - Arizona State, 1971-1973), Floyd Bannister (Pitcher - Arizona State, 1974-1976), Owen Carroll (Pitcher - Holy Cross, 1921-1925; Coach - Seton Hall, 1948-1972), Billy Disch (Coach - Texas, 1911-1939; Sacred Heart College and St. Edward's University), Neal Heaton (Pitcher - Miami, Fla., 1979-1981), Burt Hooton (Pitcher - Texas, 1969-1971), Ben McDonald (Pitcher - LSU, 1987-1989), Jackie Robinson (Infielder - Pasadena Junior College and UCLA), Greg Swindell (Pitcher - Texas, 1984-1986) and Gary Ward (Coach - Oklahoma State, 1978-1996; New Mexico State, 2001-2002).

Howser played shortstop at Florida State from 1956 to 1958 before returning to coach the Seminoles for one season in 1979. As a player, Howser led the Seminoles to the District III Playoffs in each of his three seasons including a District Championship and a berth in the College World Series in 1957. He garnered All-Region accolades in 1957 and 1958 and earned All-America recognition from the ABCA in both seasons. In 1956, Howser hit .422 which currently stands as the second highest batting average in school history between 50 to 100 at-bats in a season.

In 1979, Howser returned to his alma mater as a head coach where he posted a record of 43-17-1 and led the Seminoles to an NCAA Regional appearance.

"I don't think there is any question that Dick Howser was one of most beloved individuals to ever where the Garnet and Gold," said head coach Mike Martin. "He was a true gentleman and a guy that was a Seminole through and through. For him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a very deserving honor and it is certainly a proud moment for all of us that knew and loved him."

Hall of Fame inductees are chosen based on votes of more than 90 representatives from across the country. Voters include coaches, media member and previous inductees.

To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a four-year institution and made an All-American team (post-1947) or an All-League team (pre-1947) and or earned verifiable national acclaim.

Ballot-eligible coaches must have achieved 300 wins or won at least 65 percent of their games.

"This is a great class," said Jeff Chase, co-chair of the Hall of Fame and member of the CBF Board. "It's kind of funny that it's so dominated by pitchers, but that's just how the voting worked out. We are very excited to welcome all these men into the College Baseball Hall of Fame."

The 2008 inductees will be honored on July 4 as part of the College Baseball Foundation's annual celebration of both the past and present of college baseball from July 2 through July 4 in Lubbock.



FSU Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
YEAR   AVG  GP  GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR RBI  TB   SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB% SF SH  SB ATT
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1956  .390  27  27  100  33  39   2   5   3  24   60  .600                  .390     1   8    
1957  .354  30      113  33  40   2   3   3  32   57  .504  25       7      .471        12    
1958  .337  26  26   89  32  30   7   4   2  20   51  .573  23   1   5      .474  1  1  14    
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Tot   .361  83  53  302  98 109  11  12   8  76  168  .556  48   1  12   0  .449  1  2  34   0
Fielding Statistics
Year   PO  AST  E   FLD%  DP
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1958   49   73 12   .910    
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Tot    49   73 12   .910   0
Baseball
Game Statistics
1956
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 16 FURMAN                 7  .500  1 CF   4   1   2 1          1   3                      0            
Mar 17 FURMAN                 6  .429  1 CF   3   2   1            0   1                  1   1   0    0   
Mar 19 GEORGIA TEACHERS       6  .364  1 CF   4   0   1            0   1                      0   1    0   
Mar 20 GEORGIA TEACHERS       3  .400  1 CF   4   1   2            1   2                      0   2    2  1
Mar 23 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   2  .444  1 3B   3   1   2            0   2                      0   1    4  1
Mar 24 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   6  .476  1 LF   3   1   2            0   2                      0   2    0   
Mar 26 INDIANA                3  .440  1 RF   4   1   1            1   1                  2   2   1    0   
Mar 27 INDIANA                3  .448  1 RF   4   2   2        1   3   5               1  1   1   1    0   
Mar 29 NORTH CAROLINA         3  .438  1 RF   3   1   1            0   1                      0   0    0   
Mar 30 WISCONSIN              3  .444  1 RF   4   1   2            0   2                      0   2    1   
Apr  5 ILLINOIS               3  .474  1 RF   2   1   2            3   2                      0   0    0   
Apr  7 WISCONSIN                 .500  1          1   1                1                  1   1            
Apr  9 FLORIDA                3  .500  1 RF   4   1   2            1   2                  1   1   2    0   
Apr 16 CINCINNATI             3  .447  1 SS   5   0   0            0   0                      0   2    0   
Apr 20 STETSON                3  .462  1 SS   5   3   3     1  1   3   8                      0   2    3   
Apr 21 STETSON                3  .491  1 SS   5   4   4     1      3   6                      0   2    2  1
Apr 23 GEORGIA                3  .483  1 SS   3   0   1            0   1                      0   0    1   
Apr 27 MIAMI                  3  .475  1 SS   1   3   0            0   0                      0   0    2  2
Apr 28 MIAMI                  3  .439  1 SS   5   0   0            0   0                      0   3    3   
May  4 GEORGIA TEACHERS       3  .435  1 SS   3   1   1        1   2   4                      0   1    1   
May  7 GEORGIA                3  .446  1 SS   5   2   3 1   1      1   6                      0   2    3  1
May  8 GEORGIA                3  .449  1 SS   4   1   2            2   2                      0   2    1   
May 11 ROLLINS COLLEGE        3  .427  1 SS   4   1   0            0   0                  1   1   1    1   
May 12 ROLLINS COLLEGE        3  .440  1 SS   2   2   2     1      2   4                      0   2    4   
Jun  1 DUKE                   3  .425  1 SS   3   0   0            0   0                  1   1   2    1   
Jun  2 DUKE                   3  .418  1 SS   4   0   1     1      1   3                      0            
Jun  2 DUKE                   3  .404  1 SS   3   1   0            0   0                      0   2    2   
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                                 .404 27 27  94  32  38  2  5  3  24  59  0   0  0  0  1  8   8   33  31  6
1957
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 19 AUBURN                 3  .250  1 SS   4   2   1            1   1                      0   2    6  1
Mar 20 AUBURN                 3  .429  1 SS   3   3   2     1      2   4                  1   1   1    3   
Mar 22 STETSON                3  .714  1 SS           2                2                      0            
Mar 23 STETSON                3  .714  1 SS                            0                      0            
Mar 25 MICHIGAN STATE         3  .500  1 SS   3   1   0            0   0                      0   3    1   
Mar 26 YALE                   3  .385  1 SS   3   1   0            0   0                      0   0    2   
Mar 27 DUKE                   3  .294  1 SS   4   0   0            0   0                      0   3    3  1
Mar 28 MICHIGAN STATE         3  .238  1 SS   4   0   0            1   0            1         0   0    4  2
Mar 29 YALE                   3  .296  1 SS   6   0   3            1   3                  1   1   2    0  1
Mar 30 DUKE                   3  .267  1 SS   3   0   0            1   0                      0   4    1   
Apr  2 ITHACA COLLEGE         3  .286  1 SS   5   1   2            0   2                      0   1    5   
Apr  3 ITHACA COLLEGE         3  .263  1 SS   3   4   0            2   0                      0   1    5  1
Apr  5 FLORIDA                3  .238  1 SS   4   0   0            0   0                      0   1    8  1
Apr  6 FLORIDA                8  .227  1 SS   2   1   0            0   0                      0   1    2   
Apr 16 MIAMI                  6  .255  1 SS   3   2   2 1          1   3                  1   1   3    2   
Apr 17 MIAMI                  5  .300  1 SS   3   3   3            3   3                      0   2    5  1
Apr 19 GEORGIA TEACHERS          .300  1 SS                    1       3                      0            
Apr 20 GEORGIA TEACHERS       6  .333  1 SS   4   3   3     1  1   1   8                      0            
Apr 22 AUBURN                 6  .322  1 SS   5   0   1                1                      0   4    3  1
Apr 23 AUBURN                 6  .323  1 SS   3   2   1            1   1                  1   1   3    2   
Apr 30 MIAMI                     .323  1 SS                            0                      0            
May  2 ROLLINS COLLEGE           .371  1 SS           3            3   3                      0            
May 31 GEORGIA TEACHERS       3  .358  1 SS   5   1   1        1   2   4                      0            
May 31 DUKE                   3  .352  1 SS   4   1   1            0   1                      0            
Jun  1 DUKE                      .378  1 SS   3       3 1              4                      0            
Jun  3 DUKE                   3  .380  1 SS   5   0   2            1   2                      0           1
Jun  8 PENN STATE             3  .361  1 SS   4   0   0            0   0                      0           1
Jun  9 CONNECTICUT            3  .356  1 SS   4   0   1            0   1                      0           1
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                                 .356 28 28  87  25  31  2  2  3  20  46  0   0  0  1  0  4   4   31  52 12
1958
Date  Opponent                BAT AVG GP GS  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  TB BB HBP SO SF SH SB ATT   PO   A  E
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Mar 20 AUBURN                 3  .750  1 SS   4   0   3 2          2   5               1  1   1            
Mar 20 AUBURN                 3  .429  1 SS   3   1   0            1   0                      0           1
Apr  4 WISCONSIN              3  .400  1 SS   3   1   1            1   1                      0           2
Apr  5 NOTRE DAME             3  .385  1 SS   3   2   1            0   1                  1   1            
Apr  5 WEST VIRGINIA          3  .333  1 SS   2   1   0            0   0                  2   2            
Apr  7 WISCONSIN              3  .368  1 SS   4   1   2 1          2   3                      0           1
Apr  8 NOTRE DAME             3  .333  1 SS   2   0   0            1   0            1         0           1
Apr 11 FLORIDA                3  .333  1 SS   3   2   1            0   1                      0           1
Apr 12 FLORIDA                3  .320  1 SS   1   1   0            0   0                  1   1            
Apr 18 MIAMI                  3  .345  1 SS   4   1   2 1          1   3                  1   1            
Apr 19 MIAMI                  3  .333  1 SS   4   2   1            1   1                  1   1           2
Apr 25 AUBURN                 3  .314  1 SS   2   2   0            0   0                  1   1           1
Apr 26 AUBURN                 3  .308  1 SS   4   1   1            0   1                  1   1            
Apr 28 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   3  .326  1 SS   4   1   2 2          0   4                  1   1            
Apr 29 FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL   3  .304  1 SS   3   2   0            0   0                      0            
May  2 STETSON                3  .306  1 SS   3   1   1            0   1                      0            
May  3 STETSON                3  .321  1 SS   4   2   2     1      2   4                  2   2            
May  5 MIAMI                  3  .304  1 SS   3   1   0            0   0      1           1   1            
May  6 MIAMI                  3  .305  1 SS   3   1   1        1   1   4                      0            
May  9 ROLLINS COLLEGE        3  .317  1 SS   4   2   2            0   2                      0           2
May 10 ROLLINS COLLEGE        3  .324  1 SS   5   1   2     1      2   4                      0            
May 16 GEORGIA TEACHERS       3  .324  1 SS   3   2   1        1   4   4                      0            
May 17 GEORGIA TEACHERS       3  .325  1 SS   6   1   2     1      2   4                      0            
Jun  5 GEORGE WASHINGTON      1  .321  1 SS   4   0   1 1          0   2                      0            
Jun  7 FLORIDA                1  .318  1 SS   4   1   1            0   1                  1   1            
Jun  7 CLEMSON                1  .326  1 SS   4   2   2     1      0   4                      0           1
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                                 .326 26 26  89  32  29  7  4  2  20  50  0   1  0  1  1 14  14    0   0 12


Pro Career
Baseball
Height: 5-8   Weight: 155  Throws: Right  Bats: Right
Drafted: 1958, Free Agent, Kansas City Athletics, SS    
Debut: April 11, 1961

Year  Abbr   Team                                No      Pos
1961  KCA    Kansas City Athletics                1      SS
1962  KCA    Kansas City Athletics                1      SS
1963  KCA    Kansas City Athletics                1      SS
  "   Cle    Cleveland Indians                   18      SS
1964  Cle    Cleveland Indians                   18      SS
1965  Cle    Cleveland Indians                   18      SS-2B
1966  Cle    Cleveland Indians                   18      SS-2B
1967  NYY    New York Yankees                    10      2B-3B-SS
1968  NYY    New York Yankees                    10      2B-3B-SS
1978  NYY    New York Yankees                    34      Manager
1980  NYY    New York Yankees                    34      Manager
1981  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager
1982  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager
1983  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager
1984  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager
1985  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager
1986  KCR    Kansas City Royals                  10      Manager


Comments
Baseball
1961 - American League Rookie-of-the-Year                                                                               


Pro Statistics
Baseball
Batting Statistics
Year Team   AVG   GP   GS   AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB ATT
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1961 KCA   .280  158       611  108  171  29   6   3  45  221  .362  92   5  38   8  .377   3   8  37  46
1962 KCA   .238   83       286   53   68   8   3   6  34  100  .350  38   1   8   5  .326   3   9  19  21
1963 KCA   .195   15        41    4    8   0   0   0   1    8  .195   7   0   3   0  .312   0   1   0   0
  "  Cle   .247   49       162   25   40   5   0   1  10   48  .296  22   0  18   5  .333   2   4   9  12
1964 Cle   .256  162       637  101  163  23   4   3  52  203  .319  76   2  39  12  .335   4  16  20  27
1965 Cle   .235  107       307   47   72   8   2   1   6   87  .283  57   1  25   5  .354   2  10  17  21
1966 Cle   .229   67       140   18   32   9   1   2   4   49  .350  15   0  23   4  .299   2   4   2   6
1967 NYY   .268   63       149   18   40   6   0   0  10   46  .309  25   2  15   0  .381   0   3   1   5
1968 NYY   .153   85       150   24   23   2   1   0   3   27  .180  35   2  17   4  .321   0   3   0   1
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8 Years    .248  789    0 2483  398  617  90  17  16 165  789  .318 367  13 186  43  .346  16  58 105 139
All-Star Batting Statistics
Year Team   AVG   GP   GS   AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB ATT
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1961 KCA   .000    1         1    0    0   0   0   0   0    0  .000   0   0   0   0  .000   0   0   0   0
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1 Year     .000    1    0    1    0    0   0   0   0   0    0  .000   0   0   0   0  .000   0   0   0   0
Fielding Statistics
Year Team Pos   GP   PO  Ast   E  DP  Fld%
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1961 KCA  SS   157  299  427  38  85  .950
1962 KCA  SS    72  138  191  13  37  .962
1963 KCA  SS    10   21   23   2   6  .957
1963 Cle  SS    44   80   90   9  15  .950
1964 Cle  SS   162  291  463  20 100  .974
1965 Cle  SS    73  119  173   7  33  .977
  "   "   2B    17   25   38   0   8 1.000
1966 Cle  2B    26   29   41   1   8  .986
  "   "   SS    26   24   54   4   8  .951
1967 NYY  2B    22   55   46   1  15  .990
  "   "   3B    12    7   24   2   3  .939
  "   "   SS     3    2    6   0   0 1.000
1968 NYY  2B    29   58  103   3  19  .982
  "   "   3B     2    2    2   0   0 1.000
  "   "   SS     1    1    1   0   0 1.000
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8 Years        656 1151 1682 100 337  .966
Managerial Statistics
Year Team     W    L   Pct  Comment
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1978 NYY      0    1  .000                           
1980 NYY    103   59  .636  Division Champs          
1981 KCR     20   13  .606                           
1982 KCR     90   72  .556                           
1983 KCR     79   83  .488                           
1984 KCR     84   78  .519  Division Champs          
1985 KCR     91   71  .562  World Series Champs      
1986 KCR     40   48  .455                           
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8 Years     507  425  .544