Father is Orin P. Howard and mother is D'Rilla ... father played football, baseball, basketball and ran track for BYU in the 1920s and then played baseball for the San Francisco Seals.
All-America honorable mention in basketball at Highland High ... was all-state.
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.
Played parts of five seasons in major league baseball, played basketball for BYU ... inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982, his father was also inducted in the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.
Year Avg. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO 1968 .330 47 178 32 56 9 3 7 25 92 16 25 1969 .396 44 169 38 67 15 2 7 41 107 11 12 1970 .427 46 164 51 70 7 3 9 52 111 31 10
All-WAC Northern Division first team ... played in the College World Series ... set BYU season record with 178 at bats ... tied school record with three homers in one game (seven-innings).
All-American and All-District Seven ... All-WAC Northern Division first team ... 15 doubles was a school record as was 107 total bases ... his .396 average was second-best in school history.
Repeat All-American and All-WAC Northern Division first team ... set school record with 70 hits, 52 RBI, .427 batting average and 111 total bases ... also set seven career records with at bats, hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, total bases and batting average.