Ralph Houk

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Birthdate08/09/1919
Death Date07/21/2010
Debut Year1947
Year of Induction
Teams Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees
Positions Catcher, Manager

A combat veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, Ralph Houk was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Silver Star with oak leaf clusters.

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Ralph Houk earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, & Purple Heart before making his MLB debut at age 26

Ralph Houk earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, & Purple Heart before making his MLB debut at age 26

As a minor catching prospect in the Yankees chain, spent his late teens in the minor leagues. Three months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Houk and his brother Harold joined the armed forces to fight for their country. During the war he landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy and faced heavy fire.
He won two World Series rings as a backup catcher and two more as the Yankee manager

He won two World Series rings as a backup catcher and two more as the Yankee manager

In the collection is this 5×7 photo of a young Ralph Houk as a Yankee catcher. Houk played in New York from 1947-1954, earning rings in both ’47 and ’52. During parts of eight seasons in the majors, Houk hit .272 in 91 games. In 640 minor league games, he hit .289. Managing was Houk
Houk managed teams to 1,619 wins in his 20 seasons as a big league manager

Houk managed teams to 1,619 wins in his 20 seasons as a big league manager

Ralph Houk signed this check for $50 to Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn who has endorsed it on the reverse. Signed on March 16, 1985 just six months after Houk’s last managerial job with the Red Sox, the check provides the signatures of two men important to baseball history. In his 20 years as

2 responses to “Ralph Houk”

  1. Mary Holdgrafer says:

    I am searching for genealogical information about Ralph Houk. Can you help?

    • Jim Smiley says:

      There are many ancestry sites available to you. If you join one of them like ancestry.com or 23 and me, you might stumble upon others in the Houk family tree. We don’t offer this service. Personally, I have gone back 8 generations for our family using ancestry.com. We wish you the best of luck!

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