18 May 2014

harry howell was a brooklyn franchise double dipper

[this is the sixtyeighth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforth, and willie keeler.]

harry howell, seen below on his 1990 target card, began his big league career with his hometown brooklyn bridegrooms in 1898.
he pitched in two games, beating the phillies twice, yet found himself pitching for the baltimore orioles in 1899.  after that team folded, he returned to brooklyn where he pitched for the superbas in 1900.  he was 6-5 in his return to the franchise, but was once again sent to baltimore who had been awarded a new franchise in the american league.  he stayed with them even as they moved to new york where they would eventually become known as the yankees, however howell achieved his greatest success with the saint louis browns, who ironically enough would later become the baltimore orioles.

known for throwing a wet spitball, howell posted an era of 2.06 with the browns, good even for the deadball era.  his career era is 2.74, which currently stands as the 87th best of all-time.

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