Howard "Howie" PolletBaseball, 1935-56
Fortier High School/Major League Baseball
- Logged a 16-year career in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher, earning three trips to the All-Star Game (1943, 1946, 1949) and twice leading the National League in earned-run average (1.75 in 1943 and 2.10 in 1946).
- Was dominant in 1941 in the Texas League for the Houston Buffaloes in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, posting a record of 20-3 with a 1.16 ERA and 151 strikeouts - a performance which earned him an August call-up to the majors.
- After the 1943 season, he missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons while serving in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
- Upon his return in 1946, he recorded league-bests of 21 victories and 266 innings in addition to his sterling ERA as he led the Cardinals into a tie for the league pennant. He earned the start in the opening playoff game against the Brooklyn Dodgers and tossed a complete game in a 4-2 win as the Cards went on to win and faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Despite posting an 0-1 record in two World Series starts, St. Louis captured the title.
- Had also earned a World Series ring in his rookie season of 1942.
- After nine years with the Cardinals (1941-43, 1946-51), he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he played three seasons (1951-53). He also pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1954-55), the Chicago White Sox (1956) and the Pirates again (1956).
- His career record was 131-116 with an ERA of 3.51.
- Born June 26, 1921 in new Orleans and died Aug. 8, 1974 in Houston at the age of 53.