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Ralph Houk, who managed the powerhouse Yankees of the early 1960s to two World Series championships, died Wednesday. He was 90.


Houk also managed the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in a 20-season career that spanned three decades.


Red Sox spokesman Dick Bresciani said Houk’s grandson, Scott Slaboden, told the team Houk died at his home in Winter Haven, Fla. Slaboden, who lives in the Boston area, wrote in an e-mail to the team that Houk “died peacefully of natural causes after having a brief illness.�


He was a local in my area, he was a really great baseball man that I met a few times, I wondered how he was doing the other day after Steinbrenner passed and the paper didn't have a quote from the first manager the Boss fired.

He was the Manager of the 1961 Maris/Mantle Yankee team featured in the movie 61*, he gave a great interview regarding that team.

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