Legendary Manager Ralph Houk Dies At 90

July 22nd, 2010 - 7:37 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
ralphBoston, July 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The world of baseball lost one of its legendary manager on Wednesday as 90-year-old Ralph Houk breathed his last at Winter Haven, Florida. The death of the former Boston Red Sox manager Ralph Houk was confirmed by the spokesman of the team Dick Bresciani who said that the veteran former manager died on Wednesday afternoon. The team was informed of the passing away of the star manager by his grandson. However, the exact cause of the death of Ralph Houk was not immediately known.

Although Ralph Houk started his career as a backup catcher for the New York Yankees and played 91 games in his eight season tenure with the team, it was as a manager of the team later on that he shined. During his 20 years tenure as a manager for different teams, Ralph Houk managed 3,157 games and won 1,619 of them. In his first two years with the New York Yankees back in 1961 and 1962, he won the World Series. In 1963, Ralph Houk won the American League Pennant. Apart from New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox, Ralph Houk was also associated with Detroit Tigers.

As a manager what differentiated Ralph Houk from other managers was his attitude towards the players of his team. Ralph Houk knew how to build the morale and confidence of his players. He always had an optimistic outlook and never criticized any of the players in front of the media or the public. He once said “I don’t think you can humiliate a player and expect him to perform”. The death of the legendary manager comes soon after the death of the principal owner of the New York Yankees George Steinbrenner.

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