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October 16, 2012
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Howard (Baseball History Podcast)

Elston Howard, who may become the first Negro ever to play for the New York Yankees, was converted into a catcher in spring training and optioned to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Last week, his team trailing, Howard hit a two-run homer to clinch the pennant for the Leafs.  Next day popular Elly Howard, his eye on the Yankees, was named Most Valuable Player in the International League.

| Sports Illustrated, September 20, 1954 |

Howard was a mainstay with the Yankees from 1954-1968, he appeared in 10 World Series and won 6.  He won the 1963 American League Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first African-American player in history to claim the honor.  His #32 is retired by the Yankees.

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