Became the first black player in Yankee history when he made the club in the spring of 1955. The versatile two-time Gold Glove catcher was an important member of the A.L. pennant-winning Yankee teams in nine of his first ten seasons with the club. The 1963 American League MVP, Howard was a clubhouse leader who was respected as both a player and a man. Howard's dignified manner off the field and competitive spirit on the field were positive influences on the Yankee team.
Number retired in 1984