Howie Schultz

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Howie Schultz
First baseman
Born: (1922-07-03)July 3, 1922
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died: October 30, 2009(2009-10-30) (aged 87)
Chaska, Minnesota
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1943 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 1948 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .241
Home runs 24
Runs scored 163
Teams

Howard Henry "Howie" Schultz (July 3, 1922 – October 30, 2009), nicknamed "Stretch" and "Steeple",[1] was an American baseball and basketball player from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Due to his height, 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m), he was not allowed to serve in the armed forces during World War II.[2] From 1943 to 1948, Schultz, played Major League Baseball as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. He primarily played as a first baseman and has a career batting average of .241. Schultz was traded by Brooklyn to make room for Jackie Robinson.

In the offseason, Schultz play professional basketball. He was with the Anderson Packers of the NBL for three seasons. When the Packers moved to the NBA, Schultz served as their player-coach before being traded to the Fort Wayne Pistons midseason. Schultz later played two season with Minneapolis Lakers, winning a championship in 1952. Schultz averaged 9.7 points per game in the NBL, and 5.3 in the NBA[3] Schultz was one of the few players who qualified for pensions from both major league baseball and the NBA.

Death[edit]

Howie Schultz died on October 30, 2009, aged 87, after a brief battle with cancer, in Chaska, Minnesota.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Howie Schultz career statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b Brackin, Dennis (2009-10-30). Legendary "St. Paul athlete Howie Schultz dies". StarTribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Howie Schultz NBL Stats". 

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Preceded by
Initial coach
Anderson Packers head coach
1949–1950
Succeeded by
Ike Duffey (interim)