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Dick Howser

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Subject(s): Dick Howser
Sport: Baseball

Location: Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Unveiled: 10/4/2009
Sculptor: Harry Weber
Material: Bronze
Status: In Situ

Inscribed on plinth, side 1: #10. Dick Howser. ROYALS HALL OF FAME - MANAGER 1981-1987. With a quiet confidence and steady demeanor, Dick Howser managed the Royals to the top of the baseball world. In just under five full years in Kansas City, he led the ballclub to three divisional titles including the magical 1985 season. The Royals under his leadership were a reflection of his own character marked by an even tempered professionalism and burning competitive spirit in both times of adversity and triumph. Even when the Royals were down, they were rarely out during his tenure. That fact was never more true than 1985, when his calm determination helped the Royals rally from down three games to one twice in the postseason to capture Kansas City's first World Series Championship.

Inscribed on plinth, side 2: At the conclusion of his career, Howser ranked second in all-time wins for Royals Managers. 404-365 (.525). Royals Career Record. 1981 American League West Champions (Second-Half). 1984 American League West Champions. 1985 World Series Champions.

Inscribed on plinth, side 3: Profile in Courage. Dick Howser. 1936-1987. Dick Howser gave Kansas City one of its greatest moments with the 1985 World Series Title. Two years later he taught Kansas City one of its greatest lessons during his fight against cancer. The same traits that made him successful on the field gave him the strength and dignity to wage a courageous battle off the field. Diagnosed just after leading the American League to victory in the 1986 All-Star Game, it would be his final game as manager - though he never stopped trying to make it back to the dugout. He died on June 17, 1987. On July 3, 1987, Dick Howser's #10 was the first retired by the ballclub. Fittingly on that night, the Royals swept a doubleheader and moved into first place.

Inscribed on plinth, side 4: Legacy. Dick Howser. A TRUE BASEBALL MAN. Twenty-four years before leading Kansas City to the World Series, Dick Howser made his mark here as a player. He was named the 1961 Sporting News Rookie of the Year after his debut season with the Kansas City Athletics in which he was selected as an American League All-Star. Earlier he had been a two-time All-American at Florida State University whose home field is dedicated in his honor. His love and commitment to college baseball led to the establishment of the Dick Howser Award which is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate baseball player in America.

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