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Earl Nycum Howard
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1918
- Final Game April 18, 1918
- Born June 25, 1893 in Everett, PA USA
- Died April 4, 1937 in Everett, PA USA
Earl Howard pitched at least one season for Ira Plank's Gettysburg (PA) College baseball team in 1915. Played three seasons in Class D, Blue Ridge League from 1915 through 1917. Went 14-10 with Gettysburg Patriots in 1915, and pitched and won a complete 18-inning game vs. Frederick Hustlers, 2-1 that season. Pitched for the Hagerstown Terriers in 1916 and 1917, set Blue Ridge League record with 25 wins in 1917, while also leading league in strikeouts, leading Hagerstown to their first league pennant. Was signed by Milwaukee Brewers prior to 1918 season, and pitched one game in the Major Leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals in April of 1918, before joining the Army Aviation Corps during World War I. Returned to mound in 1920 with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association, but had arm trouble. Pitched professionally through the 1928 season, finishing as a relief pitcher for Walter Johnson's Newark Bears of the International League.
Earl Howard pitched 12 years for amateur, semi pro and minor league teams and had a sip of coffee with the Cardinals in 1918. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War I (1918-1920) at Fort Meade in Maryland. He died at age 43 from pneumonia and is buried at the Everett Cemetery in Everett PA.