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Dick Howser

Inducted 1987
Manager 1981-1987

Leading with a quiet confidence and professionalism that understated his fierce determination, Howser took the Royals to the top of baseball. He will always be remembered for leading Kansas City to its first World Series Championship in 1985. In just over five full seasons, he managed the Royals into postseason play three times. Howser compiled a 404-365 record (.525) with the Royals, which ranks as the second-best mark in club history. His last game as a Major League manager was the 1986 American League All-Star victory in Houston. After losing a courageous battle with cancer in 1987, his number '10' was the first-ever retired by the Royals.

POSITION: Shortstop/Manager

NOTES: Acquired by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1958. In 1981, the Royals hired him as manager.


Dick Howser, who managed the World Series-winning Royals in 1985, was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame in 1987.

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One of the game's most successful and popular managers, Howser compiled a 404-365 record (.525) while leading the Royals.

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The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association annually awards The Dick Howser Trophy to college baseball's best player in honor of Howser, who played and managed at Florida State University.

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Dick Howser skippered Kansas City from August 31, 1981, to February 23, 1987, before losing a battle with cancer on June 17, 1987.

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