Arlene Howard Death – Arlene Howard, wife of Yankees legend Elston Howard has passed away. She was announced dead by Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in a social media post which read “The Museum deeply mourns the passing of Arlene Howard. Arlene was one of our Carmen Berra Award recipients, and she truly was such a gracious, kind and incredible person. We are so lucky to have known Arlene. Our hearts go out to the Howard family.”
About Elston Howard
Elston Gene Howard was a professional baseball player from the United States who played left field and catcher. He played baseball for 14 years, mostly with the New York Yankees, in Major League Baseball from 1948 through 1968 as well as the Negro leagues. In addition to playing for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs, he was a twelve-time All-Star.
From 1969 until 1979, Howard was a member of the Yankees coaching staff. Eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, he became the team’s first African American player in 1955. After ranking third in the league in slugging average and fifth in home runs, Howard was chosen the American League’s Most Valuable Player for the 1963 pennant winners, making history as the first black player to receive the award.
Arlene Howard Records
In 1964, he set records for the most putouts and total chances in a season in the American League and earned Gold Glove Awards for the second time. From 1967 to 1973, his major league record-setting overall fielding percentage of .993 as a catcher stood, and he retired among the AL career leaders in both putouts (7th, 6,447) and total chances (9th, 6,977).
Travis Howard and Emaline Hill, a nurse at a nearby hospital, welcomed Howard into the world in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother remarried and his parents separated when he was six years old. Howard excelled athletically while attending Vashon High School.
Arlene Howard’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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