Former Astros All-Star Bob “Bull” Watson was recently presented the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.).
Watson served on the B.A.T. Board of Directors for several years, playing a vital role as a member of the Grant Committee. B.A.T. is a non-profit organization supported by Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs designed to confidentially help members of the baseball family in need of assistance.
Over the past 30 years B.A.T. has awarded more than 3,600 grants worth over $35 million to restore health, pride and dignity to members of the baseball family.
After retiring as a player after 19 seasons in the majors in 1984, Watson became a hitting coach, most notably for the 1988 AL Champion Oakland A’s. Following the 1988 season, he was hired by the Astros as assistant general manager and later took over as the club’s general manager following the 1993 season, becoming just the second African-American to hold this position in MLB history.
Watson later became the first African-American GM to win a World Series after helping to guide the New York Yankees to the title in 1996.
Watson was presented the B.A.T. award by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who worked with Watson for many years while both were executives with pro baseball.