A bad couple of weeks for New York fans just got a little worse, as former Detroit Tigers and Yankees manager Ralph Houk passed away at age 90.â†µ
Houk won 1,619 games as manager of the Tigers, Yankees and Boston Red Sox in his 20-year career. Houk took the helm in Motown from 1974 to 1978, although he didn't produce a winner until his final year.â†µ
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away last Tuesday, the day of the All-Star Game, just two days after longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard died.â†µ
Former Tigers greats Al Kaline and Willie Horton both shared their thoughts on their former manager, as well as radio broadcaster Jim Price.â†µ
“Ralph was a great baseball man who handled his players well and they played hard for him. He was well respected and a fun guy to be around. I enjoyed playing for him during my last year," Kaline said.â†µ
“I respected Ralph as a manager. We had formed a good relationship after we both retired from the game," Horton saidâ†µ
“People forget that before he was a manager, he was a war hero and he was a catcher for a lot of years,” Tigers radio analyst Jim Price said. “He was a great guy, I knew him very well, and everyone that played for him loved him.”â†µ
Houk went 363-443 in his five years in Detroit.