JNEWS: Howlan, Francis “Dutch” [MC1951 RIP] honored



Mohawks set for HOF ceremony
Posted by Recorder News | Jan 31, 2018 | Featured, Local Sports | By ADAM SHINDER

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The 11th class of the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame will be honored Saturday night in front of an expected crowd of more than 350 at St. Mary’s Institute.

Bill Stanley and the late Francis “Dutch” Howlan will join the Amsterdam wing of the Hall of Fame, while Matt Colantonio and Bill Cilento are the Mohawks Hall of Fame inductees. George Foster, one of the most decorated Major League sluggers of the 1970s and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ legendary “Big Red Machine” teams, will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker.

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The two Amsterdam inductees both have significant links to the building where the induction ceremony will take place. Howlan was a legendary coach over 34 years at St. Mary’s Institute (later Bishop Scully High School), coaching the baseball team from 1953 to 1968 and the football team from 1965 to 1978. Most notably, he coached the SMI and Scully basketball teams retiring as the second-winningest boys basketball coach in Section II history with 468 victories before retiring in 1987. Howlan died two years after his retirement, and was a posthumous inductee into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. The gymnasium where the induction ceremony will take place, Howlan Hall, was named in his honor in 1980.

Howlan’s baseball journey started in the 1940s when he signed a minor league contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers while also playing basketball at Manhattan College. After putting his career on hold in 1943 to serve as a US Navy radioman in the South Pacific during World War II, Howlan returned to baseball in 1946 and spent four years as a minor league pitcher, compiling a 30-24 record for a total of seven different Class C clubs, including the Gloversville Glovers during his final season of 1951.

“I didn’t even know he was a baseball guy. Everyone associates him with basketball, and rightfully so,” Spagnola said. “When I heard about his baseball prowess, I looked it up and, wow, he was one of the most accomplished baseball guys to ever come out of Amsterdam.”

Stanley played for Howlan’s baseball teams at St. Mary’s Institute, graduating in 1958 following a standout career as a pitcher and first baseman for the Gaels. He was also a star basketball player at St. Mary’s and played both sports at LeMoyne College.

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Howlan, Francis “Dutch” [MC???? RIP]


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Dear John,

I believe that Francis (Dutch) is a member of the Class of 1951.

He died in 1989.

May He Continue To Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Howlan, Francis “Dutch” [MC1951 RIP]

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