In 2003, Ryan was
a Florida State League in-season and post-season All-Star. He also played
in All-Star Futures Game, held at U.S. Cellular Field that year.
Ryan's total of
48 homers between the minors and majors in 2004 were tied for most in
professional baseball with Adrian Beltre.
In 2005, Ryan was
named the "Best Defensive 1st Baseman" in the International
League by Baseball America.
22 homers with the Phillies in 2005, eight gave the team the lead and
four tied the game. He finished the season with the most home runs by
a Philadelphia rookie since Willie Montanez (30) in 1971.
In 2005, Ryan joined
Jack Sanford (1957) Dick Allen (1964) and Scott Rolen (1997) as the
only Phillies to win N.L. Rookie of the Year.
total in 2006 ranked third in Phillies' history behind Chuck Klein (170
in 1930) and Sam Thompson (165 in 1895).
In addition to
his MVP tropphy in 2006, Ryan received the Ted Williams Award at the
68th annual Boston Baseball Writers dinner and the Josh Gibson Award,
given annually by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to the majors' top
home-run hitter. He and Derek Jeter also shared the Oscar Charleston
Legacy Awards from the museum. Ryan said the Josh Gibson Award was the
most meaningful to him.
Before the 2007
season, Ryan filmed a commercial with weight-loss phenom Jared Fogel
Ryan has been drving
the same car for more than four years: a 2001 Denali. The truck has
more than 100,000 miles on it.
Ryan appeared on
the "Late Show with David Letterman" in April of 2007.
Ryan has his own
following at Citizens Bank Park. The group calls itself "Howard's
Ryan became a member
of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc in the Fall of 2000. His line name
is BLUE HURT.
Ryan played the
trombone in his high school marching band.
Ryan won the Home
Run Derby at the 2006 All-Star Game. In the championship round, hec
outslugged David Wright of the New York Mets to capture the title. The
winning home run, Ryan's 23rd of the competition, was a memorable one.
It bounced off a "Hit It Here" sign above the right-field
stands to win 500 free round-trip airline tickets for a fan.
Ryan stole his first base of his career in August of 2007.
Ryan’s .251 average in 2008 was the lowest in history for a player with 130-plus RBIs.
Ryan reached 150 home runs in 495 games. That eclipsed the mark of 569 set by Eddie Mathews.
Ryan’s $10 million arbitration win prior to the 2008 season set a record for a victorious player.
Ryan is single
and has a son, Darian Alexander, who was born on January 26, 2001.
Howard lives in
his native St. Louis area, in a home he had built.