July 22, 2010 by staff
Ralph Houk:who died 90 on Wednesday afternoon, left his mark on two of the most storied franchises in baseball, first as manager of two New York Yankees World Series champions, and later with Red Sox Boston.
He was also a witness to history.
When Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race held their 60 (and 61) home runs in 1961, Houk was who guided the club for a season of death threats by Maris.
He saw Whitey Ford won 25 games, and witnessed the highest high and deep valleys with Mantle.
And as Nick says the Boston Globe Cafard, Houk, in his final season as manager of the Yankees faced the infamous incident Fritz Peterson, Mike Kekich wife swapping in 1973, a scenario soon to be immortalized in film .
When Houk joined the Red Sox, his reputation as a pattern of fire before him, including former Boston right-hander Cafard Oil Can Boyd says:
“Ralph spoke to me when I was something I had to say. I was a little afraid of him because I did my research on it and I knew what he had done in the game and I felt very fortunate to have played for someone of that stature. ”
He managed the Red Sox in a transition period after Carlton Fisk teams, led by the 1970s, his term ending two years before his infamous performance at the 1986 World Series.
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