Saturday, November 14, 2015

#533 Ralph Houk

Forever melded with the Yankees and the Mantle/Maris/Berra/Ford years....Won back to back WS in first two years 1961-62...One more year in World Series and promoted to GM....with a down turn of Yankees fortunes returned to dugout early 1966....not the same as before the team collectively hovered around .500 in his tenure lasting until 1973...1972 squad was a few percentage points better the 1971 team....Over saw a huge improvement in bullpen....After the Yankees, took over an aging Tiger team in 1974....had a losing record in Detroit but was able to win season in last season....after a short retirement managed for the Red Sox 1981-1985....3150 games managed-88 games over a player was a little used back up catcher for the Yankees.


  1. Houk was also a Major in the US Army during WW2, fighting the Battle of the Bulge (among others) and was awarded the Purple Heart, and the Bronze and Silver Stars.

  2. After yesterday's events in France, it more important than ever to appreciate people who serve their country, people who protect. I am not a veteran. I have a son who is in the Army. Today I helped a friend pack up for a move to the UK, where she will be assisting in the military. It's the best I can do.