Pictures from the past in St. Louis sports…
Tuesday August 9th 2022

The irony of Elston Howard and Roger Maris

A native of St. Louis, Yankees catcher Elston Howard was a standout athlete at Vashon High School and later became the first African-American to play for the team…he was the AL MVP in 1963 and is credited with inventing the batting ‘donut’..the steel circle used on bats by hitters in the on-deck circle to make the bat feel lighter at the plate…Roger Maris and Elston Howard had lockers side by side in the Yankees clubhouse, received their Monument plaques at Yankee Stadium on the same day…both died on the date December 14th…Howard in 1980, Maris in 1985…both were 51 years old.

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