Howie Shanks
Outfielder / Third baseman
Born: (1890-07-21)July 21, 1890
Chicago, Illinois
Died: July 30, 1941(1941-07-30) (aged 51)
Monaca, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 9, 1912, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1925, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.253
Home runs25
Runs batted in620

Howard Samuel Shanks (July 21, 1890 – July 30, 1941) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1912 to 1925 for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees.

In 1921 Shanks led the American League in triples with 18.

In 1665 games over 14 seasons, Shanks posted a .253 batting average (1440-for-5699) with 604 runs, 211 doubles, 96 triples, 25 home runs, 620 RBI, 185 stolen bases, 415 bases on balls, .308 on-base percentage and .337 slugging percentage. He recorded a .950 fielding percentage primarily as an outfielder and third baseman but also played some games at first base, second base and shortstop as well.


In his second year of professional baseball (1910) he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and given "a couple of weeks to live."[1] It was reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in drafting him but after seeing his medical report they turned him down. After this he went home to Monaca, Pennsylvania to recover and prepare for his come back. By the end of 1911 he had survived his illness and gained back 40 lbs of weight. He went on to play for the Youngstown Steelmen. He continued to play baseball until 1927. [2]

Shanks died of a coronary occlusion on July 30, 1941. He was survived by his wife and three siblings.[3]

See also


  1. ^ . Springfield Republican. March 14, 1915. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ . New Orleans Times-Picayune. March 5, 1939. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Nowlin, Bill. "Howie Shanks". Retrieved 3 January 2021.