Black pitched for the Royals from 1982-1988. Howser, whose No. 10 is retired beyond the center field wall at Kauffman Stadium, managed the Royals to their 1985 World Series championship.
"He was the one that early in my career, he kept giving me the ball," Black said after Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Royals. "He showed a lot of faith in me and I learned a lot from Dick. He believed in who he believed in and he was really convicted to the players that he truly trusted. He was fiery yet patient at the same time. That's a good combination."