On this week’s Debatable, Mark Gray passes the mic to Keith Watson, son of legendary Yankees General Manager and glass ceiling-obliterator Bob Watson, to address some inaccuracies about his Dad’s legacy.
Watson wasn’t just the first Black GM to win a World Series, he was the Jackie Robinson of front office executives. The first African-American GM in MLB — Period.
Bob Watson was a two-time All-Star player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series in 1996, by helping to architect the New York Yankees Dynasty of the late 90s. Watson died of kidney failure at age 74 on this day (May 14th) in 2020.
His contributions to the game, on the field, in the front office, and in the face of racially motivated doubt, make him an integral part of baseball history and a royal MLBbro that every fan should know.