The Yankees just announced that players will wear black armbands on their jerseys for the remainder of the season in honor of former manager Ralph Houk.
Houk passed away at the age of 90 on Wednesday at his home in Winter Haven, Fla. He led the Yankees to a World Series championship in each of his first two years as manager (1961 and ‘62) and the American League pennant in his third season (1963). Over parts of 11 seasons with Houk at the helm, the Yankees went 944-806 (.539).
Over an eight-year Major League playing career—all with the Yankees—that spanned from 1947-54, Houk hit .272 (43-for-158) with 6 doubles and 20RBI in 91 games. Prior to making his Major League debut, Houk served in the military and fought in World War II where he earned the rank of Major, leading to his being nicknamed “The Major” during his Baseball career.
The black armbands will be placed below the Bob Sheppard patch on the left sleeve of their jerseys. A moment of silence will also be held in Houk’s honor prior to tonight’s Yankees-Royals game.
Below is a statement from the team:
“Ralph Houk was a leader in every sense of the word. In addition to his contributions to this organization for over 20 years, which included managing the Yankees to three consecutive pennants and two world championships in 1961 and ‘62, ‘The Major’ was a World War II hero, leading his men in the Battle of the Bulge, and earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star. His contributions to Baseball, the New York Yankees, and our country, will be forever remembered and recognized.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter, Donna, his son, Robert, his four grandchildren and his 10 great-grandchildren.”