Ralph Houk, the Yankees first manager under George Steinbrenner and the winner of two World Series titles, died yesterday at the age of 90. He was a little-used catcher for the Yankees in the late 40s and early 50s, but he won the World Series in 1961 and 1962, his first two seasons as manager. He was the team’s manager in 1973 when Steinbrenner bought the team, but he left for Detroit the next season.
Meanwhile, of course, Steinbrenner tributes continue to roll in.
This week, the text answer service KGB asked its readers whether Steinbrenner deserved to be in the Hall of Fame: 83 percent said yes.
Also, THIS TV, the free broadcast movie network, will honor The Boss on Saturday. The programming begins at 7 p.m. ET with “The Pride of the Yankees,” followed by four back-to-back episodes of the 1960 television series “Home Run Derby,” with Mickey Mantle.
I have no idea if I get that channel, but it is apparently carried in New York.