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OF Frank "Hondo" Howard (NL Rookie of the Year, 4x All Star, World Series Champion)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by LightningRod, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Former Buckeye great Frank Howard doing well at 68.

    Frank Howard Today
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  2. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Howard's tourney draws golf crowd for charitable cause ? Sports ( - The Capital)
  3. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    My grandpa's cousin.

    I have a signed photo of him posing in his basketball uniform.
  4. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    I had no idea he was a Buckeye!
  5. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Buckeye legend, big time, especially for my father's generation.
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Erratic slugger Frank Howard must come through if L.A. - 05.25.64 - SI Vault
  7. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    Dad coached baseball at Columbus North High when Frank Howard played for Columbus South. As a kid I saw Frank blast a liner into the left field stands (actually the football stands) at North High. Don't know what the actual distance was, but it was more than a normal home-run fence. I did not know the significance of that blast at the time, nor the significance of Frank Howard, but both my dad and my grandpa made sure I learned of it as I grew. Heckuva slugger.
  8. LoudBuckeyeGirl

    LoudBuckeyeGirl Freshman

  9. WoodyWorshiper

    WoodyWorshiper THINK, Before You Speak Former College Pick'Em Champ

    Things in yur life that you'll never forget.

    It must have been 1969 or 1970 I'm guessing. Went to a tribe game vs. Washington with my uncle. Frank Howard hit a ball up the ramp in left-center that separated the bleachers, probably about 450 feet. The sickening thing was, is that this ball probably never got more than 10 feet off the ground. Seriously, when he hit it, it looked like a line drive to the shortstop that basically ended up clearing the fence by 100 feet.

    Absolutely amazing power.

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  10. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Columbus boy....special powers

    Frank Oliver Howard (born August 8, 1936), nicknamed "Hondo", "The Washington Monument" and "The Capitol Punisher", is a former All-Star outfielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchises.

    One of the most physically intimidating players in the sport, the 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)/235 lb. Howard was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1960, and went on to twice lead the American League in home runs and total bases and in slugging average, runs batted in and walks once each. His 382 career home runs were the eighth most by a right-handed hitter when he retired; his 237 home runs and 1969 totals of 48 HRs and 340 total bases in a Washington uniform are a record for any of that city's several franchises. Howard's Washington/Texas franchise records of 1,172 games, 4,120 at bats, 246 HRs, 1,141 hits, 701 RBI, 544 runs, 155 doubles, 2,074 total bases and a .503 slugging average have since been broken.

    Howard with the Dodgers in 1962.
    An All-American in both basketball and baseball at Ohio State, Howard was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA. Listed in college at 6'8" and 275 pounds, he instead signed with the Dodgers organization, and after a handful of appearances in 1958 and 1959 he succeeded Carl Furillo as Los Angeles' right fielder in 1960; he was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 1959 by The Sporting News after hitting 43 homers in the Pacific Coast League. He was named the NL's Rookie of the Year after batting .268 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI, and was nicknamed "Hondo" by teammates after a John Wayne film.[citation needed] He belted 98 homers in the following four seasons, most prominently in a 1962 campaign in which he batted .296 with 31 home runs and finished among the NL's top five players in RBI (119) and slugging (.560). He won the NL Player of the Month award in July with .381 average, 12 HR, and an incredible 41 RBI. The season ended with the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants tied for first place, necessitating a three-game pennant playoff; Howard had only a single in 11 at-bats and struck out three times against Billy Pierce in the first game, including the final out; but he had a run and an RBI in the second contest, an 8–7 win. The Giants took the pennant in three games, but Howard would later finish ninth in the MVP voting......
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017
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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    And most people on this board would think this guy (pictured below) is the original "Hondo" at Ohio State.

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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    If he played today he would be called a "freak" athlete. I'm guessing that he could potentially have been an All American football player at TE too; however, the problem would have been to get some passes thrown his way. As you might recall Woody Hayes had a reputation of not emphasizing the "passing game" all that much.
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  15. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I would think so - he's 81 for Christ's sake.
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