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Frank Howard

Class of 2008


Frank Howard

Frank Howard
Frank Howard

Birthdate: August 8, 1936
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Columbus South High School (1954)
College: The Ohio State University (1958)
Died: October 30, 2023
Year Inducted: 2008

Frank Howard was an All-American in both basketball and baseball at Ohio State University. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Columbus native played three basketball seasons (1956-58) for the Buckeyes under Coach Floyd Stahl. He averaged 20.1 points and 15.3 rebounds in 1957 when he was a first team All-American. He led OSU in both scoring and rebounding in 1957 and 1958 and made All-Big Ten both seasons. Bucks had 39-27 record during his years. Was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA but chose to play professional baseball. An outfielder, he was National League rookie of the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1960 and a member of the 1963 world champion Dodger team. Won American League home run titles in 1968 and 1970. Managed San Diego and New York Mets.