Two days after Billy Martin resigned as New York Yankees manager, team owner George Steinbrenner announced today during a press conference that Bob Lemon has been named the 25th manager of the Yankees, effective immediately. Lemon, who was let go as White Sox skipper earlier this season, will arrive in Kansas City this afternoon in time for tonight’s Royals-Yankees contest at Royals Stadium. He’ll take over the reigns from Dick Howser, who acted as interim manager for one game, guiding the Bombers to a 6-5 win over KC on July 24th.
For Lemon, it will be his third managerial stint after a 15-year career as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians; Lemon piloted the Royals from 1970 to 1972, then the White Sox from 1977 to midway through the current campaign, when he was dismissed after the Sox had posted a 24-49 record through the end of June, good for last place in the AL West. During his press conference at Yankee Stadium this morning, he donned a Yankees cap and pinstripes for photographers before packing his gear and boarding a noon flight to Missouri. “I had a month off,” he told reporters during the photo session. “Now it’s time to get back to it.”