Drafted from the Rangers in 1977, the red-haired Howell became a local star for the brand-new expansion Toronto Blue Jays. In September 1977, he had a team-record nine RBI as Toronto thrashed the Yankees 19-3 at Yankee Stadium. He held team career records in hits, total bases, RBI and strikeouts when he left as a free agent to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1981. (TF)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 6, 1972: Shortstops are the first two picks in the June draft. The Padres make Dave Roberts the number one selection and the Indians pick Rick Manning number 2. Roberts will make his ML debut in two days. The Phils take high school pitcher Larry Christenson with the 3rd pick, with the Rangers taking high schooler Roy Howell 4th: they'll wait till the 25th round to take Mike Hargrove. The Dodgers use their #1 on SS John Harbin but he will tear up his knee and be gone next year. The Rangers will have 13 from this draft to make the majors. Picking 5th, the Expos take Memphis high school catcher Bobby Goodman, but do better on the 3rd round when they take catcher Gary Carter.
»September 10, 1977: Toronto's Roy Howell knocks in nine runs with a single, two doubles, and two home runs, as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees 19–3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.
»September 30, 1978:
At Fenway, Dennis Eckersley notches his 20th win of the year as the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 5–1. Eck allows just four hits, including Roy Howell's 8th homer, in completing his 16th start.