July 25, 2010 — Former Yankees manager Ralph Houk passed away on Friday at the age of 90.
Houk later served as the Yankees’ general manager before returning to dugout for eight seasons in the Bronx, five with the Detroit Tigers and four with the Boston Red Sox.†
Before Houk came to the Bronx, he served in the United States Army. He enlisted during World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy Invasion, and was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.
Ralph Houk, the Major, was an American hero, and the New York Yankees and the entire baseball community are no doubt proud to have called him one of their own.
–Alfred Santasiere III