Former Yankees player and general manager Bob Watson died at the age of 74 in his Houston home on Thursday night after a long battle with kidney disease, according to the Astros.
Watson was the Yankees general manager from 1995-1998, a tenure which included leading the Bombers to a World Series title in 1996, their first championship since 1978. He became the first African American GM to win the championship.
He also played for the Bombers for three seasons from 1980-82.
Watson was a first baseman and outfielder throughout his 19-year major league career which began in 1969, including the first 14 with the Astros. Watson, whose career in baseball spanned more than six decades, also was Houston’s general manager.
The two-time All-Star also posted solid offensive numbers during his career. He was a career .295 hitter with 184 homers and 989 RBIs. He also banged out 1,826 hits.
“This is a very sad day for the Astros and for all of baseball, the Astros said in a statement. “Bob Watson enjoyed a unique and remarkable career in Major League Baseball that spanned six decades, reaching success at…