Ralph Houk Dies At 90

By Reema, Gaea News Network
Thursday, July 22, 2010

BOSTON (GaeaTimes.com)- Ralph Houk the legendary former manager of baseball teams like New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers died on Wednesday afternoon. The news of the death of the manager, who set a new example of team management in front of the baseball fraternity, was confirmed by the spokesman of the Boston Red Sox Dick Bresciani. The spokesman said that the team was informed of the death of the former manager by Ralph Houk’s grandson who lives in the Boston area. Dick Bresciani said that Ralph Houk died in Winter Haven, Florida of “natural causes after having a brief illness”. However, what kind of illness Ralph Houk was suffering from was not specified by the team spokesman.

The death of the former New York Yankees manager Ralph Houk comes after the recent death of George Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the team who died recently of heart attack. The New York Yankees have also suffered the loss of its former public address announcer Bob Sheppard who was aged 99. Ralph Houk was associated with the New York Yankees not only as the manager but also as a player. He played eight seasons as a backup catcher for the New York Yankees, and appeared in 91 games in total. However, it is as a manager of the team that he left a mark in the baseball fraternity.

During his tenure as a manager of the New York Yankees, Ralph Houk stole the limelight by winning the World Series in 1961 and 1962. The next year Ralph Houk won another American League pennant. During his role as a manager of the three teams he had managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 games.

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