NEW YORK -- Hank Bauer, the tough ex-Marine who set a World
Series record with a 17-game hitting streak for the New York
Yankees and later managed the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 title,
died Friday. He was 84.
Bauer died in the Kansas City area, where he made his home,
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said.
During 14 seasons in the major leagues, a career that spanned
from 1948-61, Bauer became a three-time All-Star outfielder,
helping the Yankees win seven World Series titles and nine AL
pennants. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Yankees and his
final two with the Kansas City Athletics.
In his final Series appearance, he hit .323 with four homers and
eight RBIs as the Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves in seven games
Bauer managed the Kansas City A's to ninth-place finishes in
1961 and 1962, then took over as manager of the Orioles in 1964.
In 1966, he managed the Orioles to a 97-63 record and a World
Series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bauer left the Orioles
during the 1968 season, and his final managing job was with the
Oakland A's the following year.
Bauer was a pallbearer at former teammate Mickey Mantle's
funeral in 1995.
Bauer joined the Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw
action in several battles. He maintained his hard edge throughout
his career on the field.