Harry Howell (baseball)

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Harry Howell
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Pitcher
Born: (1876-11-14)November 14, 1876
New Jersey
Died: May 22, 1956(1956-05-22) (aged 79)
Spokane, Washington
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 10, 1898 for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms
Last MLB appearance
May 14, 1910 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Win–loss record 131–146
Earned run average 2.74
Strikeouts 986
Teams

Harry Taylor Howell (November 14, 1876 – May 22, 1956) born in New Jersey was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Brooklyn Superbas (1898 and 1900), Baltimore Orioles (1899), Baltimore Orioles/New York Highlanders (1901–03) and St. Louis Browns (1904–10).

He helped the Superbas win the 1900 National League Pennant.

He led the National League in Games Finished in 1900 (10) and the American League in 1903 (10) and led the American League in Complete Games (35) in 1905.

He currently ranks 82nd on the MLB All-Time ERA List (2.74), 87th on the All-Time Complete Games List (244) and 68th on the Hit Batsmen List (97).

He is also the Baltimore Orioles Career Leader in ERA (2.06).

In 13 seasons he had a 131–146 Win-Loss record, 340 Games (282 Started), 244 Complete Games, 20 Shutouts, 53 Games Finished, 6 Saves, 2,567 ⅔ Innings Pitched, 2,435 Hits Allowed, 1,158 Runs Allowed, 781 Earned Runs Allowed, 27 Home Runs Allowed, 677 Walks, 986 Strikeouts, 97 Hit Batsmen, 53 Wild Pitches, 7,244 Batters Faced, 1 Balk, 2.74 ERA and a 1.212 WHIP.

He died in Spokane, Washington at the age of 79.

Scandal[edit]

Howell, along with the Jack O'Connor, the Browns player-manager, was involved in the scandal surrounding efforts to help Cleveland's Nap Lajoie win the batting title and the associated 1910 Chalmers Award over Ty Cobb in the last two games of the season, a doubleheader at Sportsman's Park. Cobb was leading Lajoie .385 to .376 in the batting race going into that last day. O'Connor ordered rookie third baseman Red Corriden to station himself in shallow left field to allow what otherwise would be routine infield ground outs to be base hits. Lajoie bunted five straight times down the third base line and made it to first easily. On his last at-bat, Lajoie reached base on a fielding error, officially giving him a hitless at-bat and lowering his average. O'Connor and Howell tried to bribe the official scorer, a woman, to change the call to a hit, offering to buy her a new wardrobe. Cobb won the batting title by less than one point over Lajoie, .385069 to .384095. The resulting outcry triggered an investigation by American League president Ban Johnson, who declared Cobb the rightful winner of the batting title (though Chalmers awarded cars to both players). At his insistence, Browns' owner Robert Hedges fired both O'Connor and Howell, and released them as players; both men were informally banned from baseball for life.[1]

In 1981, however, research revealed that one game was counted twice for Cobb when he went 2-for-3. As a result, his 1910 batting statistics should have been shown as 194-for-506 and .383399, less than 0.7 points behind Lajoie at 227-for-591.

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