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j-bay
07-21-2010, 11:06 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-obit-houk&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=rss-usa
alot of sad deaths going on this season

MetsLegacy
07-21-2010, 11:13 PM
They're definitely a ton of deaths but none are surprising. It's not like these guys were 30.

R.I.P

bagwell368
07-22-2010, 07:53 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-obit-houk&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=rss-usa
alot of sad deaths going on this season

I believe the deal was that he was an enlisted guy that got a battlefield promotion or two and ended up a Major. It was his nickname.

He was a fine Manager for the Yanks (first two years resulted in two WS banners), and had some great players to work with. He also was there for the worst two year stretch in Yankee history '66-'67.

He then went to the Tigers for five years and didn't do very much there.

By the time he came to the Sox I think he had lost his fastball, and the players were not that special. His best year was his first year in that crazy strike split season of '81. But by '83-'84 it had slipped into one of sleepiest interludes in the Sox modern history (since the start of '67), but every now and then he'd do something unusual and you wondered how good he might have been when younger.

R.I.P. Mr. Houk