Howley broke in as a catcher with Indianapolis of the American Association in 1906
and appeared briefly with the Phillies in 1913. He managed at Montreal for four years,
then moved to Toronto (International League), where he won a pennant in 1918. He
was a coach for the Tigers in 1919 and 1921-22. He returned to Toronto, and in 1926
won a pennant to break Baltimore's streak of seven straight flags. A combative manager
known for his ability to develop young pitchers, he managed the Browns and Reds for
three seasons each. In 1928 he brought the Browns in third, his best ML finish.
»October 6, 1929: While the 3rd-place Indians lose two to the 4th-place Browns, 4–2 and 4–1, Cleveland's Joe Sewell finishes a 152-game schedule with just four strikeouts. The Browns bid farewell to Dan Howley as Bill Killefer is signed to manage the Browns next year. The Reds will hire Howley as their manager on October 15.