December 8, 1984
(c) Houston Astros
Howard D. Reed, a righthanded reliever who pitched for five major league clubs during a professional career that spanned 15 years (1958-72) died December 7 in Corpus Christi, Tex. He was 47.
Reed, first signed by the Kansas City A's as a free agent, compiled a 3.72 earned-run average in 232 appearances over 10 seasons in the majors. His best season was 1965, when he was 7-6 with a 3.12 ERA with the world champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Reed also pitched for the California Angels, Houston Astros, and Montreal Expos.
He enjoyed considerable success in the minors, where his pitching stops included Portland, Spokane, Oklahoma City and Vancouver. He was the Pacific Coast League's most valuable player in 1967 after winning 19 games for Oklahoma City and pitched a no-hitter for the same club the following season.
Reed appeared in two World Series games for the Dodgers in 1965, but had no record. His career major league mark was 26-29.