Bob Watson, a former All-Star and GM championship, died at the age of 74 | Instant News

Bob Watson, whose career in baseball included duties as a player, coach, general manager and executive of the Major League Baseball, died Thursday, Houston Astros was announced.

Watson, who is 74 years old, died of kidney disease, according to his son.

The biggest part of the 19-year baseman career and the first outfielder came with Astros, with whom he played from 1966 until he was traded to Boston Red Sox during the 1979 season. In 14 seasons with Houston, he scored .297 with 139 homers and 782 RBI.

Watson also plays for New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves at the end of his career where he reached .295 with 184 homers and 989 RBI. Watson played in two All-Star Games during his career.

After serving as Oakland Athletics Beating coach, Watson went on to become general manager of Astros and Yankees, winning the World Series with New York in 1996. He became the first African-American GM to win the World Series.

Watson then worked for Major League Baseball as vice president overseeing discipline and regulation and operations on the field before retiring in 2010.


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