Yankees will wear black armband to honor Houk

BY foxsports • July 22, 2010

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 11.

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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