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Breaking News: Washington Senators legend Frank Howard passes away
Washington Senators legend Frank Howard has passed away at the age of 87.
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Washington Senators legend Frank Howard has passed away at the age of 87, according to the Washington Nationals.
Frank Howard was a former player, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchises. One of the most physically intimidating players in the sport, Howard was 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) tall and weighed between 275 to 290 pounds (125 to 132 kg), according to former Senators/Rangers trainer Bill Zeigler.
Howard was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1960 for the Dodgers. He twice led the American League in home runs and total bases and once each in slugging percentage, runs batted in, and walks. His 382 career home runs were the eighth most by a right-handed hitter when he retired; his 237 home runs and 1969 totals of 48 home runs and 340 total bases in a Washington uniform are a record for any of that city's several franchises. Howard's Washington/Texas franchise records of 1,172 games, 4,120 at-bats, 246 home runs, 1,141 hits, 701 RBI, 544 runs, 155 doubles, 2,074 total bases, and a .503 slugging percentage have since been broken.
Howard wore #9 from the time he joined the Senators through 1968. Howard hit the last regular-season home run for the Senators in RFK Stadium in his final at-bat on September 30, 1971, off Yankees pitcher Mike Kekich.
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