Bob Watson has battled health issues since Bob Watson retired as a player in 1984, according to the paper. The former first baseman and outfielder has reportedly battled circulatory issues, hypertension and was successfully treated for prostate cancer. Bob Watson played 21 years in the majors with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. The Yankees ’ 1996 championship made Bob Watson the first African-American general manager to see Bob Watson club win a World Series. Ten months ago, the doctors told me I could have two years or 12. Well now I’ve gotten to the point where every day I ’m still here is a blessing.