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Howard Dean Reed (Diz)

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Right-hander Howie Reed who earned All-American Honors at the University of Texas was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent on September 24, 1957. The 21 year old pitcher's first pro action came in 1958 with the Albany Senators of the Eastern League and the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association where he went 11-18 with a 3.54 ERA in a split season his first year out. Howie also appeared in three games with Kansas City going 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA.

Howie would be in and out of the major leagues for ten seasons, from 1958 to 1971, with the Kansas City Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, California Angels, Houston Astros and the Montreal Expos. In between he was on the mound in the Pacific Coast League with the Portland Beavers, San Diego Padres and the Spokane Indians, where he won a league leading nineteen games in 1963.

Howie had his best year in the majors in 1965 when he contributed a 7-5 record with a 3.12 ERA in 38 games for the World Champion Dodgers and made two relief appearances in the World Series against the Minnesota Twins.

Reed finished out his ten year major league run in 1971 with a 26-29 record and a 3.72 ERA in 229 games. The 35 year old would spend the last of his 12 up and down seasons in the minor leagues the following year with 127 wins and 101 losses and a 3.27 ERA. After baseball Howie owned and operated a farm in Mathis, Texas. he died December 7, 1984, at age 47 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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