The Clementes and the Kantrowitzes

This article was written by Howard Elson

This article was published in ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente

HOWARD ELSON is a longtime SABR member, actor, and semi-retired pediatric dentist. He wrote “Mickey Mantle Returns in a Pinch” for SABR’s Games Project, was “Professor Baseball” for four MLB All-Star Game FanFests, and traveled throughout North America performing his one-man show for dental conventions, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Dr. Howard Elson!” His “sports family” includes son Phil, “the baseball voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks,” and son-in-law Dan, the athletic director at Western Michigan University. At age 74, Howard still pitches competitive baseball in both the Men’s Senior Baseball League and he plans to be Roy Hobbs. He and his wife, Robin, a CPA who worked with Richard Kantrowitz and helped prepare the Clemente tax returns, are native New Yorkers, saw Roberto play at Shea Stadium, have lived in Pittsburgh for over 40 years, and revel in the exploits of their four grandchildren.