1984 Topps – Dick Howser #471 (Shortstop / Manager) (b. 14 May 1936 – d. 17 Jun 1987 at age 51) – Autographed Baseball Card (Kansas City Royals)

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1984 Topps - Dick Howser #471 (Shortstop / Manager) (b. 14 May 1936 - d. 17 Jun 1987 at age 51) - Autographed Baseball Card (Kansas City Royals)

1984 Topps – Dick Howser #471 (Shortstop / Manager) (b. 14 May 1936 – d. 17 Jun 1987 at age 51) – Autographed Baseball Card (Kansas City Royals)

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1984 Topps - Dick Howser #471 (Shortstop / Manager) (b. 14 May 1936 - d. 17 Jun 1987 at age 51) - Autographed Baseball Card (Kansas City Royals)

Richard Dalton Howser (b. May 14, 1936 – d. June 17, 1987 at age 51) was a MLB shortstop, coach and manager. He is best known as the manager of the Kansas City Royals during the 1980s, and for guiding them to the franchise’s only World Series title in 1985.

Signed by the Kansas City Athletics, he hit .280, stole 37 bases, scored 108 runs, and led American League shortstops in putouts and errors in his rookie season. For this, he was selected to the 1961 All-Star team and named The Sporting News rookie of the year.

As his production declined in the following two years, his only other season as a regular was with the Cleveland Indians in 1964. His major league career spanned eight seasons with three clubs: Kansas City, Cleveland, and the New York Yankees.

In 1985, Howser guided the Royals to their first and to date, only World Series title. The Royals reached the World Series by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, which was Toronto’s first postseason appearance. The Royals then went on to defeat the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals. In both the ALCS and World Series, the Royals won each series by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to take the last 3 games.

Career statistics:
Batting average – .248
Hits – 617
RBI – 165
Home runs – 16

Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/2740/col/1/yea/0/Dic…

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