1982 Hall of Fame Inductee
Following in a father's footsteps is tough enough as it is. Doug's effort was compounded by the fact his father, Orin P. Howard, had been a star at BYU and several years ago was named to the BYU Hall of Fame.
Yet fill them he did-and then some. Many athletes are blessed with the skills to play several sports well-few have the ability to excel. Doug excelled. While at BYU, Doug donned the blue and white Cougar uniforms of baseball and basketball and earned honors in both.
As a first baseman for BYU, Doug was named First Team All-America in 1970. He was All-WAC Northern Division from 1968 to 1970. He also was named to other All-America teams in 1969 and 1970.
He had a career batting average of .378 and hit .427 the year he was selected to the All-America squad. He had 70 hits in 46 games his senior year and batted in 52 runs. During his career on the Cougar diamond, Doug set seven school records.
In basketball, Doug was known as "Mr. Steady" and when Coach Stan Watts needed a consistent, heads-up player, Doug got the call. In basketball, Doug was Second Team All-WAC his junior and senior year and All-WAC Academic in 1969.
After completing play for BYU, Doug was drafted by the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the California Angels of the American League. Doug chose baseball and inked a contract with the Angels. He played professional baseball for seven years before hanging up his cleats in 1977.
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Played baseball for BYU in addition to basketball
Was All-American in baseball
Started for the Cougars from his sophomore season on
Led the team in scoring his junior year with 15.4
Led BYU in scoring his senior season with 18.2 ppg
Finished among the top ten free throw shooters in collegaite ball
Hitting 85 percent of his attempts from the free throw line
Became the fourth highest scorer in BYU history at the time
Was named to the WAC All-Conference Second team both his junior and senior year
Star at Highland High School
All-state, All-American honorable mention as prep
Was drafted by the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and the California Angels (MLB)
Chose to pursue baseball and signed a contract with the Angels
Played professional baseball for seven years
Post BYU Honors and Societies
Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1982
Year GP FG % FT % RBD. TP Avg.
66-67 14 78 53 54 75 49 210 15.0
67-68 25 95 39 51 39 114 241 9.6
68-69 28 158 49 114 81 111 430 15.4
69-70 26 175 45 122 85 136 472 18.2