Howard Francis Fox (March 1, 1921 – October 9, 1955) Curveball pitcher Howie Fox was a workhorse for the Cincinnati Reds for seven of his nine Major League seasons. Signed out of the University of Oregon in 1943, Fox moved between the majors and minors throughout his career. His best season was 1950, when he posted an 11–8 record for the sixth-place Reds, but in 1949 he led the league with 19 losses. In his defense, the Reds were pretty weak during that period. He fared better in the minors where he had two 19-win seasons. Fox played ball in the Venezuelan winter league in 1953 and 1954 and for San Antonio in the Texas League in 1955. He opened up a tavern in San Antonio, and that is when things went bad. Tragically, in October 1955, Fox was fatally stabbed while tossing three unruly patrons out of his bar. He was just 34 years old.