Howard W “Howie”
Krist was born on February 28, 1916 in West Henrietta, New York. An outstanding pitcher whose career
was hampered by a series of injuries, Krist signed with the St
Louis Cardinals in 1935 and played for the Bloomington Bloomers
of the Three-I where he was 10-9.
pitch for Rochester of the
International League in 1936, he was sidelined by appendicitis
in the spring and later joined Columbus of the South
Atlantic League where he was 20-9 with a 2.91 ERA.
Krist was 13-15
in 1937 and joined the Cardinals in September making six
appearances for a 3-1 record and 4.23 ERA. Kellner suffered
influenza during spring training 1938 and was returned to
in May, where he developed a sore arm, then fractured an ankle.
He underwent surgery in 1939 to remove bone chips and came back
with Houston of the Texas League in 1940 with a
22-9 record and incredible 1.71 ERA.
Krist was back
with the Cardinals in 1941 and was an effective relief pitcher
for the next three seasons, pitching over 30 games and winning
10 each year. In 1943, he made a brief appearance in the World
Series against the Yankees.
On April 15,
1944, Krist entered military service with the Army. He was in France before
the end of the year and suffered a neck injury while diving into
a fox hole. He also badly injured his leg while carrying
ammunition and spent much of 1945 in a hospital in
England. Krist returned to the
United States with a Purple
Heart in late 1945 and was discharged from Camp Patrick Henry in
January 1946. But just days later he suffered a fractured jaw
when the front tire blew on his car and struck a culvert five
miles east of Wellsville, New York. His wife suffered a bruised
back and cuts, and their four year-old daughter suffered a
sprained right knee.
Back with the
Cardinals in 1946 he was 0-2 in 15 relief appearances and
pitched for Rochester in 1947 before
retiring from the game. Krist finished with a 37-11 major league
passed away following a long illness on April 23, 1989 in Buffalo, New York.
He was 73.