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
MLB statistics
Batting average .241
Home runs 24
Runs scored 163

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 played 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 seasons 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.


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

Basketball career[edit]

In the 1949-1950 season, Howie Schultz played for the Anderson Packers. In the same year, he was traded to the Fort Wayne Pistons. In the 1950-1951 season, he left for basketball to play baseball. He later joined the Minneapolis Lakers for two seasons. In the championship against the New York Knicks, Schultz reportedly threw a punch at 6'3" Small Forward Ernie Vandeweghe in game 4 of the NBA Championship. Schultz was ejected after receiving a Technical Foul and received a 50 dollar fine. He retired after 4 years in the league in 1952.


  1. ^ "Howie Schultz career statistics". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b Brackin, Dennis (2009-10-30). Legendary "St. Paul athlete Howie Schultz dies" Check |url= scheme (help). Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Howie Schultz NBL Stats". 

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