Do you think that somewhere in the Midwest or the Prairies there is a farmer working the fields with the last name Ballplayer? Bit of a stretch, but if we’re going to have family names that describe an occupation, let’s at least try to get it right. Howard Farmer was not a farmer, I think it is clear from his baseball card that he was a baseball player. Gosh.
Interestingly, Howard Farmer and his younger brother Mike Farmer each pitched part of one season, but nothing more, in the Major Leagues – Howard pitched six games (and wore two jersey numbers) with the Montreal Expos in 1990, and Mike seven games with the Colorado Rockies in 1996.