Steven Roy Howe
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Steve Howe, former pitcher for the Dodgers and Yankees, died in Coachella, Calif., on April 28, 2006, after his pickup truck rolled over. He was 48.
Howe pitched for 12 seasons in the major leagues, posting a 47-41 record and 91 saves in 606 innings pitched. He appeared in 497 games, struck out 328 batters and finished with a career 3.03 ERA.
He made his debut with the Dodgers in 1980 and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. In 1981, he closed out the Dodgers' win in the World Series and he was named to the All-Star team in 1982. In 1982, he pitched a career-high 99.1 innings and posted a 7-5 record and 13 saves with a 2.08 ERA.
In four post season appearances, Howe posted a 1-0 record with a save and a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched.
His success as a pitcher, however, was overshadowed by his addiction problems off the field. He was suspended from baseball seven times.
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspended Howe for the 1984 season for cocaine use. He was out of the majors again in 1986. Texas released him before for the 1988 season for a reported alcohol problem and Howe did not return to the major leagues until 1991.
During the 1992 season, he was banned for life from baseball because of drugs. It was the first time a player had been banned for life for drugs. Howe, however, was reinstated the following season by an arbitrator.
He was released by the Yankees in 1996 and just two days after that released, he was arrested at New York's JFK International Airport with a handgun inside his suitcase. He pleaded guilty to gun possession, was placed on three years' probation and served 150 hours of community service.
Howe attempted to make a comeback in 1997 in the independent Northern League. He retired, however, after injuring his arm. Later that year, he was injured in a motorcycle accident in Montana.