The 6'3" Fox attended the University of Oregon on a basketball scholarship for a
year before signing with the Reds in 1943. His one winning season, 1950, came a year
after his 6-19 mark made him the losingest pitcher in the majors. In December 1951
he was sent to the Phillies with Smoky Burgess in a seven-player deal. After pitching
in the Texas League in 1955, he was stabbed to death while bouncing three young men
from his tavern near San Antonio.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 22, 1950:
The Phils split a pair with the Reds to retain a tie for the NL lead with the Cardinals. Robin Roberts wins his 11th in the opener, stopping the Reds, 2–0, on four hits. Willard Ramsdell takes the loss. In game 2, Howie Fox shuts out the Phils till the 9th to win, 6–1.
»August 28, 1951:
The Dodgers edge the visiting Reds, 3–1, behind rookie Clem Labine. Duke Snider provides the offense off Howie Fox with a single and two-run homer, the latter breaking a tie in the 8th.
»September 2, 1951:
Ken Raffensberger fires a one-hitter at the Cubs to win 7–0 and gain a split for the Reds. The only hit is a 3rd-inning scratch single by Eddie Miksis that arguably would have rolled foul. Bob Rush shuts out the Reds in the nitecap to top Howie Fox, 3–0.