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1984 Topps Dick Howser

Richard Dalton Howser

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[edit] Biographical Information

File:Howserstatue.jpg After his playing career ended, Dick Howser spent a decade as a New York Yankees coach. He was their interim manager for one game in 1978. After spending 1980 as the Yankees manager and guiding the team to the ALCS, he became the Kansas City Royals skipper in 1981. He led the Royals to a victory in the 1985 World Series. Tragically, Howser died from a brain tumor in 1987 at age 51, a year after managing his last Royals game.

He was the first player from Florida State University to come to the major leagues. Howser returned to FSU as head coach in 1979, before the Yankees brought him back to New York as manager the next year.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1961 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • AL All-Star (1961)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1961 & 1964)
  • Division Titles: 3 (1980, 1984 & 1985)
  • Other Postseason Appearances: 1 (1981; 2nd half champion)
  • AL Pennant: 1 (1985)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the Kansas City Royals in 1985
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1980)


Preceded by
Billy Martin
New York Yankees Manager
1980
Succeeded by
Gene Michael
Preceded by
Jim Frey
Kansas City Royals Manager
1981-1986
Succeeded by
Mike Ferraro

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1978 New York Yankees American League 0-1 -- New York Yankees interim manager between Billy Martin (52-42)
and Bob Lemon on July 24
1980 New York Yankees American League 103-59 1st New York Yankees Lost ALCS
1981 Kansas City Royals American League 20-13 4th Kansas City Royals Lost ALDS replaced Jim Frey (30-40) on August 31
1982 Kansas City Royals American League 90-72 2nd Kansas City Royals
1983 Kansas City Royals American League 79-83 2nd Kansas City Royals
1984 Kansas City Royals American League 84-78 1st Kansas City Royals Lost ALCS
1985 Kansas City Royals American League 91-71 1st Kansas City Royals World Series Champs
1986 Kansas City Royals American League 40-48 -- Kansas City Royals replaced by Mike Ferraro on July 17

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Summary of Howser's retirement and death following brain tumor diagnosis

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