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    Sad life in a lot of ways...and a lot of chances to make it all better...

    Former major league reliever Steve Howe killed in truck accident
    April 28, 2006
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    NEW YORK -- Steve Howe, the relief pitcher whose promising career was derailed by cocaine and alcohol abuse, died Friday when his pickup truck rolled over in Coachella, Calif. He was 48.

    Howe was killed at 5:55 a.m. PDT, said Dalyn Backes of the Riverside County coroner's office. The accident occurred about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Howe was the 1980 NL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and helped them win the World Series the next year.

    But for all of Howe's success on the field, the hard-throwing lefty was constantly troubled by addictions -- he was suspended seven times and became a symbol of the rampant cocaine problem that plagued baseball in the 1980s.

    "Steve played for me for five years and I thought the world of him," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said. "I am truly sorry to hear about his passing and my deepest sympathies go out to his family."

    There was a moment of silence at Yankee Stadium before New York played Toronto on Friday night. Howe played for the Yankees from 1991-1996.

    Howe was 47-41 with 91 saves and a 3.03 ERA with the Dodgers, Minnesota, Texas and Yankees. His final season in the majors was 1996, and the Yankees released him in June.

    Two days after the Yankees let him go, Howe was arrested at a Delta Airlines terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport when a loaded .357 Magnum was detected inside his suitcase. He later pleaded guilty to gun possession and was placed on three years probation and given 150 hours of community service.

    Howe tried a comeback in 1997 with Sioux Falls of the independent Northern League. In August, he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Montana and charged with drunken driving.

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    That's too bad. I used to go see him pitch for the Yanks when I was young. RIP.
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    Well...how many times did he get busted...wasn't it something like 7 times?

    And he never recovered to be honest...

    a couple of DUI's after he retired...

    hope he didn't wreck while on something...

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    And anyone that remembers the Howe in 1980 remembers a guy who through liquid heat...

    could have been one of the great closers...
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    Its really a shame, drugs and booze seemed to run this guys life. Pojo he did get two DUI's while living in Montana.

    As soon as I heard about his death on sports radio, I instantly thought of the 7 suspentions. Its sad but that will be his legacy.
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    The sad thing is that he never came out of his doldrums...conviction after conviction...it's amazing he's not in jail...well...wasn't in jail...did he ever spend time in jail?
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    I think he may have also been busted for cocaine possession while in MT. I dont know if that landed him in Jail or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POJO_Risin
    Well...how many times did he get busted...wasn't it something like 7 times?
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