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Military veteran and 2-time Championship manager Ralph Houk, dies at 90

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

Ralph Houk, who guided the powerhouse New York Yankees of the early 1960′s to two World Series championships as manager, died at age 90 on Wednesday.

Houk also was manager of the Boston Red Sox(1981-84) and Detroit Tigers (1974-1978).

Before becoming involved with Major League Baseball and the Yankees in 1947, Houk served in the Army in World War II and rose to the rank of major.

(File)

Houk was a part of the Yankees for eight seasons as a backup catcher, playing in just 91 games.  He played behind Hall of Fame catchers Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Houk managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 with a winning percentage of .514. He had the tough task of following a legend, fan-favorite and successful manager in Casey Stengel with the Yankees in 1961 and was George Steinbrenner’s first manager in 1973. He resigned after one year and left for the Detroit Tigers.

Houk was also the Yankees general manager in 1964 and 1965.

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