Howard Maple

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Howard Maple
Maple with the Washington Senators, c. 1932
Born: (1903-07-20)July 20, 1903
Adrian, Missouri, U.S.
Died: November 9, 1970(1970-11-09) (aged 67)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 19, 1932, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1932, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.244
Home runs0

Howard Albert Maple (July 20, 1903 – November 9, 1970) was an American professional athlete. He played for the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) in 1930 and for the Washington Senators of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1932. He was a college athlete at then-Oregon State Agricultural College.


Maple played college football and college baseball for the Oregon State Aggies (now the Oregon State Beavers).[1] As a quarterback, he led the team to an overall 16–7–1 record for the seasons of 1926 through 1928,[2] and was named a 1928 All-American.[3] Maple is the university's only alumnus to play in both the NFL and MLB.[4] He was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981,[4] and the athletics hall of fame at Oregon State University in 1990.[5]

In 1930, Maple played in eight games for the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL.[6] The NFL's website lists him as a wingback.[7]

Maple played in minor league baseball from 1930 through 1935, appearing in over 400 minor league games.[8] Listed at 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) and 175 pounds (79 kg), he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.[8] Maple appeared 44 major league games, all with the 1932 Washington Senators.[9] He posted a .244 batting average (10-for-41) with seven RBIs.[9] His best offensive game came on August 31, when he went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against pitcher Sam Gray, as the Senators defeated the St. Louis Browns, 7–6.[10] Maple appeared in 41 games defensively, all as a catcher, handling 39 total chances without an error for a 1.000 fielding percentage.[9]

Maple was born in 1903 in Adrian, Missouri, and graduated from Peoria High School in Illinois.[3] He coached basketball, football, and baseball at Willamette University from the early 1930s through 1941.[3] During World War II, he served in the United States Army.[3] He worked in several jobs after the war, and went on to manage the Oregon State Fair from 1957 to 1967.[3] He was married, and had one daughter and a foster son.[3] Maple died in 1970 in Portland, Oregon, and is interred in Salem, Oregon.[11]

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  1. ^ Allen, Scott (August 30, 2016). "Tim Tebow looks to join a club that includes former Nats catcher Howard Maple". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Lightner, Al (November 15, 1970). "Sportslightner (column)". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. p. 19. Retrieved August 3, 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Death Takes Howard Maple". Capital Journal. Salem, Oregon. November 10, 1970. p. 1. Retrieved August 3, 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b "Howard Maple – Football". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Howard Maple (1990)". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Howie Maple". Archived from the original on February 9, 2007 – via Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Howard Maple". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Howard Maple Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Howard Maple stats". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Washington Senators 7, St. Louis Browns 6". Retrosheet. August 31, 1932. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Howard Maple". Retrosheet. Retrieved August 3, 2020.

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