PASSINGS: Clyde King

Clyde King

Former big league pitcher, manager


Clyde King, 86, a former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher whose baseball career as a player, coach, manager and front-office man spanned six decades, died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of Goldsboro, N.C. He had a heart ailment.

King, a right-hander, pitched with the Dodgers and the

Cincinnati Reds

during a seven-year big league career in the 1940s and early '50s, compiling a 32-25 record and an earned-run average of 4.14. His best season was in 1951, when he went 14-7 with the Dodgers.

He managed several minor league teams, including the


Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1957. He managed the 1969

San Francisco Giants

to a 90-72 record and second place in the

National League

. King took over the

Atlanta Braves

during the 1974 season and managed the team for part of 1975.

He was the last of three managers to lead the

New York Yankees

in 1982, taking over for Gene Michael, who had replaced

Bob Lemon

. He then served as general manager of the Yankees from 1984 to 1986 and was a Yankees coach in 1988. From 1998 to 2005, he was a special assistant to the general manager.

Born May 23, 1924, King attended the University of

North Carolina

. He later founded the Baseball Chapel fellowship of Christian players.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports