Wild horses couldn't keep Howerton from a professional baseball career. The California
cowboy overcame a severe ankle injury in a childhood riding accident to be named
to TSN's 1950 All-Rookie team, hitting .281 with 10 HR and 59 RBI.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 12, 1951:
In the 2nd game of a double header, Stan Musial, on the Cards bench because he has flu, pinch hits in the 8th inning and blasts a 3-run homer into the RF stands at Crosley Field. Teammate Bill Howerton had earlier hit a 2-run pinch homer, only the 3rd time in National League history that two pinch hitters have hit four-baggers (it will happen four more times in the 1950s). The Cards win 8–6, after dropping the opener, 7–2.