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He is best known as the successor of Casey Stengel as the manager of the New York Yankees from —63, when he won three consecutive American League pennants and the —62 World Series championships. Houk Getting Ready To Play - Ralph Houk - Hear How To Play Better Baseball a catcher working his way through the Yankees' farm system when the U. He enlisted in the armed forces, became an Army Rangerand rose to Major the source of his Yankee nickname. Returning to baseball after the war, Houk eventually reached the major leagues, serving as the Yankees' second- and third-string catcher behind Yogi Berra.
A right-handed hitter, Houk appeared in only 91 games over eight seasons —54finishing with a batting average of. Although the Yankees participated in six If I Die Tomorrow - Mötley Crüe - The Best of Series during that period, Houk had only two Series at-bats one inthe other inbatting. Houk's last years as an active player were Gifts For Dad - Unknown Artist - Echo Attention-Getters spent as the Yankees' full-time bullpen coach, thus beginning his managerial apprenticeship.
Following three highly successful seasons at Denver, Houk returned to the Bronx as Stengel's first-base coach from to From late May through early JuneHouk served as acting manager of the Yanks for 13 games while Stengel, 70, was sidelined by illness. The team won 7 and lost 6. Then, after the Yanks lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates — and with Houk one of the hottest managerial candidates in baseball — the Yankees "discharged" Stengel to use Stengel's own words and promoted Houk.
Houk was known as a "player's manager" — albeit one with a quick temper. Tommy Lasordaa Baseball Hall of Fame manager, briefly played for Houk at Denver and called Houk the best handler of men he ever played for, and modeled his managerial style on him. Houk is tied with another former Yankee pilot, Billy Martinfor fourteenth place on baseball's "most ejected" list.
The early s Yankees responded to Houk's leadership; the team led by Roger Maris 61 home runsMickey Mantle 54 homers and Whitey Ford 25 victories won games and beat the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the World Series. Inthe Yanks won games and rolled to the pennant, but were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Series.
Houk moved into the Yankees' front office as general manager on October 23, replacing Roy Hameyand Berra, at the end of his brilliant playing career, became the Yanks' new manager. Yogi would win the pennant after a summer-long struggle with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Soxbut Houk and the Yankee ownership quickly became disenchanted with Berra's work and in mid-season they made up their mind to fire him.
After Berra's seven-game loss to the St. Ironically, to succeed Berra, he then hired Johnny Keanewho had just resigned as manager of Getting Ready To Play - Ralph Houk - Hear How To Play Better Baseball champion Cardinals. Houk had admired Keane as a competitor in the American Association from almost a decade before and according to author David Halberstamthe Yankees had made overtures to Keane during the regular season about becoming their manager for Keane, a longtime minor league manager, was better suited by temperament for managing young players than established and aging superstars, and his hiring was a failure.
The team fell to sixth in and had won only four of the first 20 games of when, on May 7, Houk fired Keane and named himself manager. Houk was eventually succeeded as general manager by Lee MacPhail and then began a second, and Getting Ready To Play - Ralph Houk - Hear How To Play Better Baseball less successful, term as Yankee manager, finishing the season. Their talent and farm system both depleted, the Yankees finished in last place for the first time since A long rebuilding process followed, including Bobby Richardson 's retirement following roommate Tony Kubek 's retirement from a bad back after the season and the trading away of Maris and Clete Boyer.
Houk would continue to manage the Yankees from until His best season waswhen the Yanks won 93 games, but finished 15 games behind the eventual World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles. He worked for George Steinbrenner for one season, inand was the Bombers' manager during their final game in at the "original" Yankee Stadium prior to its closure for two years for renovation.
After the final game ofhe resigned as manager. While Steinbrenner's commanding style has led some to think the new owner influenced his retirement, he told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News it was the constant booing of Yankee fans that pushed him. Houk even said that Steinbrenner insisted he'd get some new players to restore the team's greatness.
After Houk left the Yankee organization, he became the manager of the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. His team lost games, but the Tigers improved their record by 14 games behind the heroics of Never Drive A Beggar From Your Door - Maggie Jones - Volume Two 1925-6 pitcher Mark Fidrychwho won 19 games while becoming a national sensation.
ByHouk had restored Detroit to respectability and its first winning record sincebringing to the majors future stars of the Sparky Anderson Tigers such as Lou WhitakerAlan Trammell and Jack Morris.
After an season, Houk retired. Since the late s, Houk and the Boston Red Sox had flirted over their manager's job. After two years of retirement, in the autumn ofHouk, now 61, was ready to get back into baseball. When the Red Sox called about their open managerial post they had fired Don Zimmerhe jumped at the chance. Although not as daunting as his Detroit assignment, Houk faced another rebuilding job: the powerful Boston team of the s was about to lose marquee players such as Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn and needed to retool its roster.
But Houk rose to the challenge, and in four seasons produced three over. When Houk retired from managing permanently in Octoberjust after his 65th birthday, he bequeathed the core of another pennant winning ballclub in this case, the Red Sox to his successor, John McNamara. His final record, over 20 years with the Yankees —63, —73Tigers —78 and Red Sox —84 was 1, wins and 1, losses.
After his first three championship seasons, he never appeared in the postseason. Houk served with the Minnesota Twins as a special assistant to general manager Andy Getting Ready To Play - Ralph Houk - Hear How To Play Better Baseball Lee's son, from to before retiring from the game for good. Houk was Bouton's first major league manager and sparred with him over contracts when Houk was the Yankees' GM.
He died in July in Winter Haven, Florida. At age 90 he was, at the time, the oldest living manager of a World Series-winning, pennant-winning or post-season team. He was survived by a daughter, Donna; a son, Robert; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. On July 22 the Yankees announced players and coaches would wear a black armband in Houk's memory on the left sleeve of their home and away uniforms for the remainder of the season.
Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Categories :. Cancel Save. Preceded by: Casey Stengel. New York Yankees Manager Succeeded by: Yogi Berra. Preceded by: Roy Hamey. New York Yankees General Manager — Succeeded by: Dan Topping, Jr.
Preceded by: Johnny Keane. Succeeded by: Bill Virdon. Preceded by: Joe Schultz. Detroit Tigers Manager Succeeded by: Les Moss. Preceded by: Johnny Pesky. Boston Red Sox manager — Succeeded by: John McNamara.