Arthur Henry Howe Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School University of Wyoming
- High School Shaler Area High School
- Debut July 10, 1974
- Final Game April 19, 1985
- Born December 15, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
Art Howe played 11 seasons in the majors and then managed for 14 years. Howe, Greg Brock, and Jeff Huson are the only major leaguers appearing in more than 100 games to come from the University of Wyoming.
He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent at the age of 24. He broke in at age 27 as a third baseman. In his first year, 1974, he hit .243 in 29 games, and in his second year slumped to .171 in 63 games. That winter, he was the player-to-be-named-later in a trade for Tommy Helms, and he appeared in 21 games with the Houston Astros in 1976, hitting only .138 at the age of 29.
It was a very inauspicious start, but Howe's career was just beginning. He became a regular for the next six years with the Astros, always appearing in 100 to 125 games. In the first three years, he played primarily second base, then in the fourth year he was a first baseman, and in the last two years he was a third baseman. His hitting was better than might have been expected. Although Houston played in an extreme pitcher's park, Howe hit over .290 twice and over .280 another time. He also drew a decent number of walks, and showed moderate power.
After his playing days ended, Howe was a Texas Rangers coach from 1985 to 1988. The next year he was back with the Astros as manager. He managed them for five years, from 1989 to 1993, finishing third in the division in his first and last years. He did not manage in the majors the next two seasons, serving as a special assignment scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 and a Colorado Rockies coach in 1995. When Tony LaRussa left the Oakland Athletics after the 1995 season, Howe was his successor.
Howe managed Oakland for seven years. Although there was a sudden drop-off in the performance of A's between his first and second years with them, from the second year onward the team improved each year. In 2000 they won AL West with 91 victories (Jason Giambi was the league MVP), in 2001 they finished second with 102 victories but made the post-season as the American League's Wild Card, and in 2002 they won the division again with 103 victories. In the film Moneyball, based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, he is portrayed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as a glorified figurehead, resistant to any and every new method Billy Beane wants to adopt with the A's but managing because the team needs a guy titled the manager. Beane allowed Howe to depart after the 2002 for a big money deal with the New York Mets.
Howe's tenure in Flushing lasted all of two seasons (2003 and 2004), in which he finished under .500 each year. He was thought to be near the top of the list to be the Pirates manager in 2006, but ultimately was not hired. Howe joined the Philadelphia Phillies as third base coach after the 2006 season, but less than a month later, he left the Phillies to serve as the Texas Rangers bench coach under skipper Ron Washington in 2007.
"Former managers with the status of Howe and Leyland don't look for jobs. The jobs look for them." - Paul Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Division Titles: 2 (2000 & 2002)
- Other post-season appearances: 1 (2001 Wild Card)
- 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 2 (2001 & 2002)
|Houston Astros Manager
|Oakland Athletics Manager
|New York Mets Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1989||Houston Astros||National League||86-76||3rd||Houston Astros|
|1990||Houston Astros||National League||75-87||4th (t)||Houston Astros|
|1991||Houston Astros||National League||65-97||6th||Houston Astros|
|1992||Houston Astros||National League||81-81||4th||Houston Astros|
|1993||Houston Astros||National League||85-77||3rd||Houston Astros|
|1996||Oakland Athletics||American League||78-84||3rd||Oakland Athletics|
|1997||Oakland Athletics||American League||65-97||4th||Oakland Athletics|
|1998||Oakland Athletics||American League||74-88||4th||Oakland Athletics|
|1999||Oakland Athletics||American League||87-75||2nd||Oakland Athletics|
|2000||Oakland Athletics||American League||91-70||1st||Oakland Athletics||Lost ALDS|
|2001||Oakland Athletics||American League||102-60||2nd||Oakland Athletics||Lost ALDS|
|2002||Oakland Athletics||American League||103-59||1st||Oakland Athletics||Lost ALDS|
|2003||New York Mets||National League||66-95||5th||New York Mets|
|2004||New York Mets||National League||71-91||4th||New York Mets|
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Manager Art Howe", Baseball Digest, July 1993, p. 57