Yankees Honor the Passing Of Ralph Houk

NEW YORK (AP) – The Yankees will wear black armbands for the

rest of the season to honor former manager Ralph Houk and will

observe a moment of silence before Thursday's night game against

the Kansas City Royals.

Houk, who died Wednesday at 90 in Winter Haven, Fla., followed

Casey Stengel as Yankees manager in 1961 and led New York to

championships in his first two years. He reached the big leagues in

1947 and spent parts of eight seasons as a backup catcher for New

York, playing in only 91 games.

The armband will appear below the Bob Sheppard patch on the left

sleeve of their jerseys for the remainder of the season. Sheppard,

the longtime Yankee Stadium public address announcer, died on July


The Yankees are also wearing a patch on the chest in memory of

former team owner George Steinbrenner, who died last week.


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