Bruce Howard - Player
Inducted in 1998
Born in Salisbury, Maryland, family moved from area and Bruce graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1960. He then attended Villanova College for two years where as a promising hurler he compiled a 6 1 record. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1962 and sent to their Clinton, Arkansas Class "D" team where he was 7 3 and a 2.34 ERA. 1963 found him at Eugene, Oregon, posting a 10 12 record and a 2.93 ERA. The White Sox brought him up before the season was over and he posted a 2 1 W L with a 2.65. Bruce started the 1964 season with Indianapolis in the Pacific Coast (AAA) League. He had 15 wins and 8 losses with a ERA of 2.20. Again, the White Sox brought him up to the majors before season was over and he had a 2 1 win loss record and a 0.82 ERA. He stayed with the White Sox during the 1965 66 67 season compiling W L seasons of 9 8, 9 5 and 3 10. Last part of 1967 season was at Indianapolis where he was 3 0 with a 3.27 ERA. The Orioles traded Luis Aparicio to obtain Bruce in 1967. He ended his career with the Orioles and Washington Senators because of a prior injury. Bruce remembers these special times while playing in the majors. In 1963 he lost a game to the Yankees 2 1 when Mickey Mantle hit a home run. That home run put him one ahead of Lou Gehrig's record. His first career shutout was against the Kansas City Royals, allowing them just two hits. Another time, he had a two hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians where he had 24 consecutive outs. While Bruce didn't compile a strong won lost record he appeared in many games and posted a very good Earned Run Average.