Yanks to honor Houk with black armbands

Yanks to honor Houk with black armbands

NEW YORK -- The Yankees will wear black armbands on the left sleeves of their uniforms for the remainder of the 2010 season, recognizing and honoring the passing of Ralph Houk, who died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Additionally, a moment of silence was held in Houk's honor prior to Thursday's Yankees game against the Royals.

"Ralph Houk was a leader in every sense of the word," the Yankees said in a statement. "In addition to his contributions to this organization for over 20 years, which included managing the Yankees to three consecutive pennants and two world championships in 1961 and '62, 'The Major' was a World War II hero, leading his men in the Battle of the Bulge, and earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star.

"His contributions to Baseball, the New York Yankees, and our country, will be forever remembered and recognized. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter, Donna, his son, Robert, his four grandchildren and his 10 great-grandchildren."

The Houk armband will be worn beneath the patch honoring Bob Sheppard. The Yankees are also wearing black oval logos on their chest for principal owner George M. Steinbrenner.