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Ralph Houk, who managed the New York Yankees and guided the team (which included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Roger Maris) to two world championships and three pennants in the early sixties, died on Wednesday at age 90.

Houk, a backup catcher who played just 91 games in the big leagues, also managed the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox during a three-decade managerial career.
KC's View:
Tough month for the Yankees, losing George Steinbrenner, Bob Sheppard and now Houk in just a few weeks.

Tell you a story about Houk. When I was a little kid - probably no more than seven or eight years old, I wrote Houk a letter asking how to become a batboy. And I vividly remember getting a personal letter back, explaining that I was a little young for the job but thanking me for my interest. I clearly remember that it wasn’t some sort of form letter, but a nice note with personal touches. I suspect that it had something to do with the times (this was 1962 or 1963), but I also think it probably had something to do with the man.