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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ben Howze, Another Sport - 40

Pensacola's Booker T. Washington High School started on its own 33 yard line in this November 1986 contest and drove for the score, according to The Pensacola News Journal.

Headlining the drive, The News Journal wrote, was Washington quarterback Ben Howze's 41-yard run.

Howze played another sport at Washington, baseball, and baseball got him to the pros. His professional baseball career lasted six seasons. He never made AA, but he has gone on to serve as an instructor.

Howze's pro baseball career began in 1988, taken by the Expos in the second round of the draft out of Washington High.

Howze started with the Expos in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 2-5 over 12 starts, with a 4.87 ERA.

He moved to single-A Rockford for 1989 and would stay there for three seasons. He went 8-12 in 26 starts in 1989, with a 5.08 ERA. He walked a runner that later scored in an August contest.

Howze returned to Rockford for 1990. In 19 outings, 14 starts, he compiled a 2-7 record and a 6.28 ERA. In 1991, he saw 25 outings, 10 starts and ended with a 4-3 record and a 4.22 ERA.

After not being recorded as playing in 1992, Howze returned for 1993 and went 2-7, with a 4.55 ERA for the Cubs at high-A Daytona. He got into eight more contests there in 1994 to end his career.

In 2019, Howze serves as director of Showcase Baseball Academy in Georgia, "one of the premier youth baseball operations in the country," according to the academy site.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,061
Made the Majors:1,124-36.7%
Never Made Majors:1,937-63.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 466
10+ Seasons in the Minors:278

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