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Howard Green papers

A Guide


Creator: Green, Howard Lemuel
Title: Howard Green papers
Dates: 1919-2006
Abstract: Howard Green (1921-2005) served as a Texas legislator, Tarrant County judge and treasurer, and president of four Texas baseball leagues. He wrote articles for various publications about baseball, and also contributed articles to local newspapers about politics. The bulk of this collection contains his baseball research files.
Accession No: MSS 107, MSS 107X
Extent: 7 boxes (4 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Howard Green (1921-2005) was born in Swenson, Texas, and was the only child of Lemuel and Della Green. After attending high school in Abilene, he graduated from McMurray College with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Howard was a sportswriter for the Abilene Reporter-News in the late 1930s when his budding career was put on hold while he served as a bomber in the 8th Air Force during World War II. After the war, Howard held a series of executive positions in Texas baseball. He was co-owner and general manager of the Abilene Blue Sox (1946-1948); president of the Longhorn League (1947-1948); president of the Gulf Coast League (1950-1952); president of the Big State League (1951-1955); and president of the Gulf States League in 1976. Green and other baseball executives tried to start minor league franchises in Texas but a hurricane in Corpus Christi cancelled the 1977 championship series and halted further progress.

“I could see that the baseball thing was leading nowhere, so I turned to politics,” he said in 1982. “Some friends encouraged me to run for office.”

Howard’s political career spanned twenty-six years. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Tarrant County (1957-1967); he served as Tarrant County judge (1967-1975); and as Tarrant County treasurer (1979-1983). He made headlines when he successfully abolished the office of Tarrant County treasurer while he was still in office.

Beginning in the mid-1980s, he was a marketing representative for the American Automobile Association for seventeen years. Throughout his life, Howard wrote articles for various publications about baseball and also contributed articles to local newspapers about politics. During the latter part of his life, Green remained active in his efforts to support the baseball programs at Dallas Baptist University, McMurry University, and Texas Wesleyan University. He was also a panelist on WBAP’s sports trivia radio show and founder of the Hall-Ruggles Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. Howard was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and was regarded as an authority on baseball history.

Howard Green was married three times and had one daughter, Leslie Hawke, and one step-daughter Deborah Hill. Leslie’s son, Ethan Hawke, is an actor who appeared in the films Dead Poets Society and Boyhood. Howard Green died in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2005.


Simnacher, Joe. "Howard Lemuel Green - Baseball, history, politics defined actor's grandfather," Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2005: 17B, accessed March 17, 2015, (America’s News).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Howard Green’s personal files contain a folder on his daughter Leslie Hawke, with her manuscript and correspondence, and a folder on his grandson, Ethan Hawke, which contains Green’s letters, clippings of Ethan’s career, and a promotional booklet for the film Dead Poet’s Society.

Professional files contain material while he served in the House of Representatives in Austin, as a judge in Tarrant County, and as treasurer for Tarrant County.

This bulk of this collection contains Howard Green’s baseball research files. Folders contain clippings, statistics, audio cassettes, and handwritten notes. He wrote articles for various publications about baseball, and also contributed articles to local newspapers about politics.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: Personal papers, 1919-2006
Series 2: Correspondence, 1938-2004
Series 3: Baseball research files, 1951-2002
Series 4: Photographs, 1940s-2000s
Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1940s-1970s


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Green, Howard Lemuel.
Hawke, Leslie.
Hawke, Ethan, 1970-
Politicians -- Texas.
Sportswriters -- Texas.
Baseball -- History.
Letters -- Texas.

Related Materials

Norman Macht baseball research collection, A2013.0038

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Howard Green papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mary E. Green, 2008.

Processing Information

Howard Green’s kept a few files loosely organized by topic, but the majority of his collection were just loose papers. An effort was made to organize his papers by topic. Framed photographs were unframed and placed in acid-free folders. Books were cataloged and shelved in DeGolyer Library. Two boxes of duplicate material and yearbooks were returned to the donor.

Processed by

Cynthia Franco, 2015.

Finding aid written and encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2015.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal papers, 1919-2006
23 folders

Howard Green was a World War II veteran, served as Tarrant County judge and treasurer, and in the Texas House of Representatives. Included are letters to his grandson, actor Ethan Hawke, as well as correspondence from his daughter Leslie, and wife, Mary. Drafts and clippings of his articles are at the end of this series, but researchers should also look in series 5 at the scrapbooks of his newspaper articles. This series is arranged chronologically, with his drafts and publications at the end.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical information
2 Schoolwork
3 Business documents
4 Stonewall County land, 1919-1991
5 Lawsuit against San Angelo Standard
6 Texas House of Representatives, 1963-1965
7 Legislative speeches
8 Speech about Ralph Yarborough
9 Tarrant County judge, 1968-1984
10 Tarrant County treasurer’s office
11 Fort Worth City Council race, 1991
12 34th bomb squadron, Group H, 1980-1997
13 “Heart String C-Charlie: the Memories of an 8th Air Force B-17 Pilot by Ben M. McGlothlin”
14 McMurry University, 1986-2006
15 Howard Green memorials, 2005-2006
16 Leslie Hawke, 1979-2002
17 Ethan Hawke, 1989-2000s
18 Mary E. Green, undated
19 American Automobile Association articles
20 Fort Worth Star Telegram articles
21 Letter to the Editor photocopies
22 Drafts and typescripts
Box Folder
5 2 Awards

Series 2: Correspondence, 1938-2004
8 folders

This series contains both personal and professional correspondence. Tom Vandergriff was a Texas politician who served as mayor of Arlington, represented Texas in the United States Congress, and served as Tarrant County judge.
Box Folder
1 23 Howard Green letter to parents, 1938
24 Correspondence with friends, 1981-1995
25 Tom Vandergriff letters
26 1970s
27 1980s
28 1990s
29 2000-2004
30 Undated

Series 3: Baseball research files, 1951-2002
5 boxes

The bulk of this series consists of subject files for Howard Green’s articles on baseball. Researchers should note that the files on the Abilene Blue Sox, Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club, and Gulf States League contain Green’s business documents during his tenure as manager or president of these organizations. Audiocassette tapes in box 3 mostly relate to baseball. Box 4 contains baseballs.
Box Folder
1 31 Baseball biographies, etc., A-J
32 Baseball biographies, etc., L-W
33 Articles for Baseball Hall of Fame, clippings
34 Ex-Pro Baseball Players Texas Association
35-36 Society for American Baseball Research [SABR] correspondence and articles
37 College baseball
38 Minor baseball leagues
39 All Star Games – Texans
40 Texas All Time Baseball Team, 1991
Box Folder
2 1 Texas Sports Hall of Fame/Texas Baseball Hall of Fame
2 Abilene Blue Sox
3 Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club
Box Folder
5 1 Gulf States League, 1970s
Box Folder
2 4 Alvin Gardner letters
5 Ernie Harwell
6 Rogers Hornsby
7 Branch Rickey
8 Jackie Robinson
9 Nolan Ryan
10 Bill Weiss
11 National Collegiate Baseball Championship, 1989
12-13 Baseball trivia
14 Sam Blair’s column in The Dallas Morning News [clippings]
15 Notes for speech on United States presidents
16 Notes
17 Capitol Centennial Celebration program, 1988 [Austin, Texas]
18 Sport, March 1951
Baseball the Fan’s Magazine, April 1952
Texas Rangers News Media Guide, 1975
Baseball ‘76
San Francisco Giants Official Yearbook, 1984
Cotton Bowl 50th Anniversary, The Dallas Morning News, Sunday December 29, 1985
19 Timeline, October-November 1991
Where St. Louis, June 1992
Diamond View, volume 2, edition 5, 1993
The Glove Collector, September-October 1995
Patriots 2001 Baseball Media Guide [Dallas Baptist University]
20 Baseball programs, 1912-2002
21 Programs and brochures
22 Baseball calendars, 1983-1994
23 Ephemera
3 Audiocassettes
Bobby Bragan – “One Day At A Time”
Robert Bragan piano solo
Howard Green - Texas vignettes, November 9, 1984
Howard Green - Texas history, January 1985
Howard Green – Baseball owners vs. players, September 2, 1994
Howard remembers
John T. Bird discusses Maz and the Hall of Fame with Pete Rose, March 4, 1997
Memories of Arlington Stadium, 1993
SABR meeting, 1991
SABR, February 1991
Texas Sports Hall of Fame, September 1, 1985
Tom Peters [3 cassettes]
Trivia, 1983
4 7 baseballs – three are stamped “official Gulf States League,” one is signed by unknown player, one is marked “1995 All Star Game”

Series 4: Photographs, 1940s-2000s
4 folders

These photographs are mostly of Howard Green’s professional career, and there is one folder devoted to baseball.
Box Folder
5 5 Howard Green
6 Baseball
7 Unknown
8 2 photographs affixed to glass

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1940s-1970s
4 boxes

Most of the scrapbooks contain articles written by Howard Green. Included in this series is a folder of newspaper articles written by Howard Green.
Box Folder
5 3 World War II
4 1950s
Box Folder
6X 1 Blue Sox, 1940s
2-5 1960s
Box Folder
7X 1-3 1970s
4 Clippings taped to MacGregor Goldsmith sports equipment catalog
Box Folder
2 24 Newspaper articles by Howard Green [clippings]