Frank Howard had two marriages; he and his first wife, Carol Johanski, were married for over two decades before Frank tied the knot with Donna Howard.
Following Donna’s passing after 25 years of marriage, he rekindled his relationship with his first wife.
Frank Howard, also known as “Hondo,” was a former professional baseball player who had a successful career in Major League Baseball (MLB).
The Ohio-born was known for his powerful hitting, and he was one of the most feared sluggers of his era.
He won two American League home run titles during his time with the Washington Senators and was a four-time All-Star.
Over his MLB career, Frank Howard hit 382 home runs and had a career batting average of .273.
The 1963 World Series champion also had a successful coaching and managing career in baseball after his playing career.
His contributions to the game of baseball have earned him a place in the Washington Nationals Ring of Honor.
Frank Howard Wife, Carol Johanski
Frank Howard, known as the Capital Punisher, had two marriages.
His first marriage was to Carol Johanski in 1959, who was a secretary at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. They divorced in the mid-1980s.
Later, Frank married Donna Howard, and their union lasted from 1990 until her passing in 2016. Interestingly, a few years ago, Frank and his first wife remarried.
Second Wife: Donna
Donna Carol Howard, born on July 30, 1953, was the daughter of James Scott and Betty Lee Dillon.
She graduated from George C. Marshall High School in 1971 and began her career as an administrative assistant to Georgia Congressman John James Flynt, Jr.
She met Frank in 1986, and four years later, they eventually exchanged their wedding vows.
Donna’s life revolved around family. In 1992, she retired from her 17-year role as a Financial Analyst at Ford Motor Company.
She wanted more flexibility for travel, accompanying her husband Frank during his coaching stints with the Yankees baseball teams.
Tragically, she passed away on March 13, 2016, following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Died At The Age Of 87
The former All-Star outfielder and first baseman passed away at the age of 87 on Monday morning.
His family notified the Washington Nationals about his passing, and he passed away in a hospital due to stroke-related complications, as stated by his daughter.
“Growing up a baseball fan in Washington D.C., Frank Howard was my hero,” Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in a statement.
The post continued, “The towering home runs he hit into the stands at RFK Stadium gave him the nickname ‘Capital Punisher,’ but I’ll always remember him as a kind and gentle man. The entire Lerner family would like to offer our thoughts and condolences to Frank’s family during this difficult time. The world of baseball has truly lost a giant.”
Frank Howard Kids & Grandchildren
The late baseball legend is survived by his wife and six children, Catherine, Tim, Daniel, Mary, Mitch, and Rebecca.
In addition, Frank had eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.