Hilton, Howard (1990)

Howard James Hilton (January 3, 1964 – July 12, 2011) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in two games with the St. Louis Cardinals at the start of the 1990 season.


The Cardinals drafted him in the 22nd round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft. After five seasons in the Cardinals’ farm system, in which he went 33–30 with a 2.97 earned run average, Hilton made the team out of Spring training in 1990. During that Spring, he was involved in trade rumors that would have sent him to the Boston Red Sox for closer Lee Smith, but nothing ever materialized (a deal for Smith was eventually reached after the start of the season for Tom Brunansky).

He made his major league debut in the Cards’ season opener, pitching 1.1 innings without giving up an earned run against the Montreal Expos. He entered the final game of the three game series with the Expos with one out in the eighth, and finished the game. It turned out to be his final major league appearance before he was optioned back to the triple A Louisville Redbirds.

MLB debut– April 9, 1990, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance–April 11, 1990, for the St. Louis Cardinals

MLB statistics

Win-Loss record 0–0
Earned Run Average 0.00
Strikeouts 2