Samuel P. Howe, III

National Champion 1962 and 1967

National Doubles Champion 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1971

Sam Howe began his competitive squash career at the inaugural national junior tournament in 1956. After captaining the Yale varsity team, Howe won his first-ever singles tournament at the 1962 nationals in Buffalo. Playing Ben Heckscher in the final, he came back from a 2-0, 9-5 in the third deficit to win 15-13 in the fifth. Five years later in Chicago he won his second national singles title without losing a game, which helped him complete a North American grand slam never duplicated: the national singles and doubles titles of both the U.S. and Canada in the same year. With his classic, graceful strokes, he won every major invitational, from the Gold Racquet to the Harry Cowles to the William White, as well as losing in three other national finals. A strong shotmaking left­waller in doubles, Howe won six nationals, the first three with Bill Danforth and the last three with his brother Ralph.