Howsam was also instrumental in starting two professional sports teams in Denver: the Broncos and the Rockies. At the 2003 SABR convention in Denver, someone gave me one of Howsam's season tickets to go see the Rockies play the Giants. Howsam had really good seats.
At that convention, Howsam sat in on a scouts panel. Someone asked him who was the best player, he scouted. The answer: Johnny Bench. That beat out the guy on the panel who said the best player he scouted was Dave Hollins.