The loss of Dick Howser left a void. As I work through the history of Royals managers, we come to the difficult time after Dick Howser’s passing. In retrospect, the Royals look like a team in shock and not certain about making a commitment to a high-profile manager. Here’s a recap of the post-Howser years. Mike Ferraro The illness and eventual death of Dick Howser in June of 1987 left a leadership void at the top of the Kansas City Royals hierarchy. Sure, Ewing and Muriel Kauffman were still there, as was General Manager John Schuerholz, but Howser’s loss left a stunned locker room lacking its alpha dog leader. To fill the void, the Royals first turned to one of Howser’s most trusted lieutenants, Mike Ferraro. Like many professional athletes, Ferraro had been a three-sport star at Kingston (N.Y.) high school. As a senior, he hit .585 and signed with the New York Yankees, which had to be a dream come true for any high school baseball player in the state of New York. Ferraro never really.