5.26.2013

1960 Topps
Frank Howard

Love this card's design. In my opinion, the look of the 1960's rookie subset should have been used for Topps' regular cards. There are only a few players depicted with this design that I have even heard of. The big three: Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Kaat and Frank Howard.

 Howard was a big dude. At 6-foot-6 1/2, 245 lbs. he was an intimidating figure. No wonder he was nicknamed "The Washington Monument" while playing with the Senators.

Howard was also a pretty good player. He was a four-time All Star (68-71) and two-time home run champ (68, 70).

In 1960 he was named the National League Rookie of the Year.

But my memories of Frank Howard are from 1981. As a 12-year-old, Howard took over as manager of my hometown Padres. Do you have any memories of this great slugger?

4 comments:

petethan said...

You also have to love his other nickname, "The Capitol Punisher." He was "The Big Hurt" of his day.

My first memories of him are of his brief stint as the Mets manager in the latter half of 1983. Unfortunately for him, he was replaced by Davey Johnson the following year and missed the mini-dynasty. Though, come to think of it, maybe we shouldn't feel too sorry for him considering the mad house Mets clubhouse that he got to avoid dealing with.

Mark Zentkovich said...

frank played in the first game my dad took me to, 1971 Senators vs Tigers

good memories

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Anonymous said...

Do I have memories of Frank Howard? Only a million of them. I grew up a big Senators fan and was heart broken when they left town. Hondo was the only thing we really had going for us back then. I have his rookie card framed and hanging in my rec room. You are correct. It is a stunning looking card! I met him a few years ago and he was a prince. Boog Powell told me once that Frank might've been the nicest guy in all of baseball. Love your website!