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Jul 22 – Major Loss: Ex-Yankee Manager Ralph Houk, ‘The Major’ Passes Away at 90

From Associated Press and Yahoo Sports

BOSTON (AP)—Ralph Houk, who guided the powerhouse New York Yankees of the early 1960s to two World Series championships during his 20 years as a big league manager, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Houk also skippered the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox in a managerial career that spanned three decades.

Red Sox spokesman Dick Bresciani said Houk’s grandson, Scott Slaboden, told the team Houk died at his home in Winter Haven, Fla. Slaboden, who lives in the Boston area, wrote in an e-mail to the team that Houk “died peacefully of natural causes after having a brief illness.”

Houk managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 with a winning percentage of .514. He followed Casey Stengel as Yankees manager in 1961 and was George Steinbrenner’s first manager for New York in 1973. He resigned after one year working for the Boss and moved on to Detroit.

Houk managed the Tigers from 1974-78. His final stint in the dugout came with Boston from 1981-84.

It is the 3rd loss of legends for the Yankees this month alone with the passing of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard early.

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2 Responses

  1. Yes I am too young to remember him. Ralph Houk seemed to be a great man and a great handler of his players!! R.I.P. Ralph Houk!

  2. Another sad day in baseball. I’m too young to recall any experiences regarding Houk, but he seemed to be a great manager who really handled his players well. R.I.P. Ralph Houk.

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