Today, when most Yankee fans hear the name Bob Watson, they think of the man who was the team's General Manager in 1996, the year they won their first World Championship since 1978. But there is more to him than that.
Many years ago, in the early 1980s, Watson was the Yankee First Baseman. He began his career with the Houston Astros. In 1993 he became the first African-American General Manager in Major League Baseball, when he was hired to run the Astros.
Bob Watson retired in 2010 after serving as MLB's VP of Rules and On-Field Operations, but fans should never forget the pioneer he was. Click on the links below to learn more:
Bob Watson Wikipedia Page
Bob Watson at Baseball Reference
Bob Watson Retirement Article
Happy Black History month!