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Steve Howe (baseball)

Steve Howe
Born: (1958-03-10)March 10, 1958
Pontiac, Michigan
Died: April 28, 2006(2006-04-28) (aged 48)
Coachella, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 11, 1980 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
June 21, 1996 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Win–loss record 47–41
Earned run average 3.03
Strikeouts 328
Saves 91
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Career highlights and awards

Steven Roy Howe (March 10, 1958 – April 28, 2006) was an American baseball relief pitcher who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), mostly for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.

A hard-throwing left-hander, Howe was the Rookie of the Year in 1980, saved the clinching game of the 1981 World Series, and was an All-Star in 1982. However, his career was derailed by problems with drug and alcohol abuse. He was suspended a number of times by Major League Baseball for drug-policy violations, but several times returned to show flashes of his former brilliance.

Baseball career

Born in Pontiac, Michigan, Howe was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at the University of Michigan. He made his Major League debut at the age of 22 in

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Howe's career was plagued by alcohol and cocaine abuse;[1] he first checked himself into a substance abuse clinic in

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After briefly pitching for the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers and being out of the major leagues for four years, Howe signed with the Yankees, where he once again pitched effectively. However, in

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For his career, Howe posted a record of 47 wins, 41 losses, 91 saves, and a 3.03 ERA in 497 games.

After baseball

Howe published a 1989 autobiography, Between the Lines: One Athlete's Struggle to Escape the Nightmare of Addiction, which described his chemical dependency and hope for recovery based upon his newfound commitment to evangelical Christianity. The memoir was co-written with Jim Greenfield.

Following his retirement from baseball, Howe worked in Lake Havasu City, Arizona as a self-employed framing contractor. His company's name was All Star Framing.

On April 28, 2006, Howe's pickup truck rolled over in Coachella, California, and he was killed. The toxicology reports following his autopsy indicated he had methamphetamine in his system.[2]

See also


  • Steve Howe with Jim Greenfield. Between the Lines: One Athlete's Struggle to Escape the Nightmare of Addiction. Grand Rapids, MI: Masters Press, 1989.

External links

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