American baseball playerDied when: 74 years 34 days (889 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Robert José Watson (April 10, 1946 – May 14, 2020) was an American professional baseball player and sports executive.He was a first baseman and left fielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves, from 1966 to 1984.
Watson was a two-time All-Star during his playing career.After retiring as a player, Watson coached for the Oakland Athletics and served as general manager for the Astros from 1993 through 1995 and Yankees from 1995 through 1998, during which time the team won the 1996 World Series.
Watson became the first African-American general manager to operate a team which would win the World Series.He later served as MLB's vice president in charge of discipline and vice president of rules and on-field operations, from 2002 to 2010.