|Clyde King with Rich Gossage after a victory during the 1981 World Series, when he was the Yankees’ pitching coach. (Associated Press)|
Clyde King, 86; pitcher later managed Giants, Yankees
GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Clyde King, whose baseball career as a player, coach, manager, and front-office man spanned six decades, has died in North Carolina. He was 86.
Wayne Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Amy Cain said Mr. King died Tuesday in Goldsboro, N.C. He was hospitalized two weeks ago with several problems, including heart trouble.
Mr. King pitched with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the
Mr. King, who was the founder of the Baseball Chapel fellowship of Christian players, was a close friend of Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues.
After coaching for Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh, Mr. King managed the 1969
Mr. King was the last of three managers to lead the
“Clyde was a loyal and dedicated friend and adviser to my father, our family, and the Yankees organization,’’ Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said.
“Although his baseball achievements were impressive and deserving, he also lived a rich and fulfilling life away from the game. Clyde was a man of great faith who cared deeply about his friends and family, and he served as a role model to so many of us.’’
He leaves his wife of 64 years, Norma, their three daughters and sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.