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 Hollywood 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

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