NC Baseball Great, Clyde King, Passes Away

Goldsboro, N. C. - Local baseball hero, Clyde King (pictured center with 2010 team), passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86 at Wayne Memorial hospital in Goldsboro, N.C.

King developed a strong reputation in Major League Baseball as a player, coach, manager, and general manager. As a player, King spent part of seven seasons (1944-1953) as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. He holds a respectable career record of 32-25 with an ERA of 4.14. After retiring as a player, King compiled quite an impressive coaching and managing record in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburg Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and Atlanta Braves. King was probably most known for his work with the New York Yankees organization. He began as manager in 1982, during the George Steinbrenner era, and then served as general manager of the Yankees during the 1985 and 1986 seasons. From 1998 to 2005, he took upon a special assistant position to the general manager.

King, a native of North Carolina, was born in Goldsboro. He spent much of his free time after professional baseball educating youth and telling stories of when he used to play and manage in the big leagues. King also was the founder of the Baseball Chapel Fellowship of Christian players.

King is no stranger to Morehead City. He was a guest speaker at the Marlins’ first Hot Stove Banquet in January along with Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher, Goose Gossage. King’s last win as a manger came this past summer on July 30 in Morehead City. He was the Marlins’ guest manager that night and guided the team to an exciting walk-off victory in 11 innings against the Florence RedWolves.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma, their three daughters and sons-in-law, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Morehead City Marlins extend their deepest sympathies to all members of the King family.