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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Lee Howard

Date and Place of Birth: November 11, 1923 Staten Island, NY

Died: April 24, 2018 Escondido, CA

Baseball Experience: Major League


Military Unit: US Navy

Area Served: Pacific Theater


Lee V. Howard was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates after a trial at the Pirates spring training camp in San Bernardino, California, in 1942. He won 10 games with the Hutchinson Pirates of the Western Association that season, then entered service with the Navy.


In 1944, he was in the Pacific aboard the vehicle landing ship USS Catskill, offloading Marines at Leyte in the Philippines. Howard returned to baseball in 1946, and made his debut with the Pirates in September. He pitched briefly for the team again in 1947 and ended his career in the minors in 1949.


Lee Howard passed away on April 24, 2018.

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