Howie Pollet

Howie Pollet

Infobox MLB retired
name=Howie Pollet

birthdate=birth date|1921|6|26
city-state|New Orleans|Louisiana
deathdate=death date and age|1974|8|8|1921|6|26
debutdate=August 20
debutteam=St. Louis Cardinals
finaldate=September 23
finalteam=Pittsburgh Pirates
stat1label=Win-Loss record
stat2label=Earned run average
* St. Louis Cardinals (by|1941-by|1943, by|1946-by|1951)
* Pittsburgh Pirates (by|1951-by|1953)
* Chicago Cubs (by|1954-by|1955)
* Chicago White Sox (by|1956)
* Pittsburgh Pirates (by|1956)
* 3x All-Star selection (1943, 1946, 1949)
* 2x World Series champion (1942, 1946)
* 1949 NL TSN Pitcher of the Year

Howard Joseph Pollet (June 26, 1921August 8, 1974) was an American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball during the 1940s and 1950s. A three-time All-Star in by|1943, by|1946 and by|1949, he twice he led the National League in earned run average (1.75 in 1943 and 2.10 in 1946).

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Pollet signed his first professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and it was as a Cardinal that he achieved his greatest success. In by|1941, he won 20 of 23 decisions and led the A1 Texas League in ERA (1.16) and strikeouts (151) as a member of the Houston Buffaloes. The scintillating performance earned Pollet a promotion to the Cards that season: as a rookie, he won 5 and lost 2, with another outstanding ERA, 1.93. Pollet twice won 20 games for St. Louis: in 1946, when he won 21 of 31 decisions, and in by|1949, when he posted a 20-9 mark and led the NL in shutouts with five.

He was traded to the second-division Pittsburgh Pirates on June 15, by|1951, and thereafter struggled to post a winning record. During his 14-year career, he won 131 and lost 116 (.530) with a career ERA of 3.51. As a Cardinal (1941-43; 1946-51), his record was 97-65; as a member of the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox (1951-56), he won 34 and lost 51.

Pollet returned to the field in by|1959 as the Cardinals' pitching coach, serving through by|1964. In his last season there, St. Louis won the world championship. He then moved back to his adopted city of Houston, Texas in by|1965, serving as pitching coach of the Astros for one season.

Pollet was a partner of his Buffaloes manager and former Cardinal pilot Eddie Dyer in insurance, real estate and energy businesses in Houston. He retired from baseball and resumed his business career after the 1965 season, and died in Houston at age 53 in 1974.

ee also

* List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
* List of Major League Baseball wins champions


*Reichler, Joseph, ed. "The Baseball Encyclopedia." New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1979.

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