Legendary Texas Rangers Slugger, Frank Howard, Passes Away at 87
The Texas Rangers are saddened to announce the passing of legendary outfielder-first baseman Frank Howard, one of the top sluggers in franchise history. Mr. Howard passed away this morning at the age of 87, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the world of baseball.
Known affectionately as “Hondo,” Frank Howard was not only a significant figure in the history of the expansion Washington Senators but also one of Major League Baseball’s standout sluggers during the 1960s. From 1965 to 1971, he made a lasting impact, batting .279 with an impressive 237 home runs and 670 runs batted in over 1077 games with the Washington Senators. He remains the all-time leader for the expansion Senators (1961-1971) in various categories, including batting average, runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, and slugging. He also earned the honor of being an A.L. All-Star for four consecutive seasons from 1968 to 1971.
Frank Howard was best known for his towering home runs, leading the American League with 44 homers in both 1968 and 1971 and achieving a career-best 48 home runs in 1969. In 1970, he topped the league in both RBI with 126 and walks with 132. His remarkable career with the Senators concluded fittingly with his final home run on September 30, 1971, against the New York Yankees at R.F.K. Stadium.
After the Senators moved to Arlington, Texas in the fall of 1971, Mr. Howard remained on the roster and had the honor of hitting the first home run ever at Arlington Stadium on April 21, 1972. In his time with the Texas Rangers, he batted .244, contributing 9 homers and 31 RBI before being traded to Detroit. Following a 16-year Major League career, during which he amassed 382 home runs and 1119 runs batted in, Frank Howard transitioned into a long and successful career as a Major League coach and manager.
Beyond his exceptional talents on the field, Frank Howard was celebrated for his larger-than-life personality and deep popularity among his teammates and fans in both Washington and Texas. The Texas Rangers extend their deepest condolences to Mr. Howard’s family and friends during this difficult time. His presence and contributions to the game will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.