Elston Howard

Elston Howard
Birthdate 2/23/1929
Death Date 12/14/1980
Debut Year 1955
Year of Induction
Teams Negro Leagues, Red Sox, Yankees
Positions Catcher, First Base, Left Field

Elston Howard broke the color barrier for the Yankees eight years after Jackie’s debut, was the first African-American AL MVP & a 12-time All Star.

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Elston Howard was one of the best catchers of his era

Elston Howard was one of the best catchers of his era

A man of firsts, Elston Howard was not simply a pioneer but an outstanding catcher as well. The first African-American in Yankee history, he was also the first of his race to earn the AL MVP Award and the first to be a uniformed coach in the American League. Make no mistake, Howard could play. A 12-

2 responses to “Elston Howard”

  1. Elston definitely belongs in hall of fame

  2. Norm says:

    Ellie was one of my favorites. His stats do not reflect how much they would be if he played every day. Gone way too soon. He would have been the first black manager had his health been better. I miss his long home runs , he had class and leadership.

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