Elston Howard was born on this date in St. Louis, Missouri; 1929. A four sport star in high school, Howard began his Negro League baseball career with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1949. After the 1950 season, he was purchased by the New York Yankees. In 1955, Howard became the first African-American to wear the famed Yankee pinstripes. From 1955 – 1964, he was part of the Yankee team nucleus that won nine American League pennants and four World Series championships. In 1963 Howard became the first African-American to be named American League Most Valuable Player (MVP).