If you’ve been following the blogs, you know that Frank Howard is one of my favorite baseball characters of all time. I think this is the third time he’s popped up here. Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here’s another installment of “The Frank Howard Tales”.
I heard this story from one of his teammates back in the day. I wish I could remember the name of the person who told me this tale, but it slips my mind. Anyway, it goes like this. I guess there was a game where Hondo struck out 4 times in a row and in the ninth inning, he got taken out of the game for defensive reasons. I guess Frank was so dejected that he went straight up to the showers, turned them all on as hot as they could go, and just sat in the steam and water for a while. By the time the game finished, Frank had turned all the showers off and left the stadium to go home (or the bar). And here’s where the story gets kinda funny. I guess when the guys undressed and got into the shower to clean up after the game, nobody could turn the showers on. It seems Frank with his super Of Mice and Men strength had turned the handles off so tightly that the whole team went home dirty that night.
Another classic Hondo story…the legend continues. Oh yeah, I found these photos of Frank and Herman Munster. Were they separated at birth? In all seriousness, I heard somewhere that the creators of this particular Munster episode had Frank in mind when they wrote the script. Can anyone confirm that rumor?