Steve Howe (baseball)
Born: March 10, 1958|
Died: April 28, 2006 (aged 48)|
|April 11, 1980 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
Last MLB appearance
|June 21, 1996 for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||3.03|
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.
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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year season. Over the course of his 17-year career, Howe would be suspended seven times.
- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, Howe became the second player to be banned from baseball for life because of substance abuse (the first was Ferguson Jenkins, who was also reinstated). He successfully appealed the suspension and re-signed with the Yankees, where he had one final great season in
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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year after posting an 0-1 record with a 6.35 ERA. Howe finished his career in 1997 playing with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the independent Northern League.
For his career, Howe posted a record of 47 wins, 41 losses, 91 saves, and a 3.03 ERA in 497 games.
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.
- Athletes Who Damaged Their Careers With Drug Abuse
- "Autopsy: Howe had meth in system at time of crash - MLB - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- Steve Howe with Jim Greenfield. Between the Lines: One Athlete's Struggle to Escape the Nightmare of Addiction. Grand Rapids, MI: Masters Press, 1989.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- MSNBC.com: Ex-MLB pitcher Howe dies in truck crash
- Steve Howe at Find a Grave
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