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Robert Lee Howsam, Sr.

Bob Howsam was a Navy test pilot during World War II, then an administrative assistant to Colorado Senator Edwin Johnson. He began his career in baseball in 1948 as GM of the Denver Bears in the Western League. In 1956 he was named Minor League Executive of the Year for higher classification leagues. Howsam was associated with the Bears for twelve years, then was involved with Branch Rickey and the plans for the Continental League. Howsam was also responsible for bringing Denver professional football as he was owner of the AFL's Broncos.

Howsam made the move to the major leagues when he was named general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from August 1964 to early 1967. He resigned to become GM of the Cincinnati Reds and held that post until 1978. With the Reds, he doubled the scouting department, and was responsible for bringing in Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo among others.

After serving as a team vice president, Howsam held the position with the Reds again in 1984.


Preceded by
Bing Devine
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager
1964-1966
Succeeded by
Stan Musial
Preceded by
Bill DeWitt
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
1967-1978
Succeeded by
Dick Wagner
Preceded by
Dick Wagner
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
1983-1984
Succeeded by
Bill Bergesch

[edit] Further Reading

  • Daryl Smith: Making the Big Red Machine: Bob Howsam and the Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009.
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