Clyde King, who spent six decades in baseball as a player, coach, manager, scout and executive, notably as a versatile cog in the ever-shifting personnel machinations of George Steinbrenner, principal owner of the Yankees, died on Tuesday in Goldsboro, N.C. He was 86.

The cause was congestive heart failure, his son-in-law John Peacock said.

Under the volatile Steinbrenner, who died in July, the managers, coaches and front-office personnel came and went in seemingly whimsical fashion. But King was a constant in the Steinbrenner universe, a trusted adviser whom the imperious owner moved about as emergencies erupted or needs arose. In recent years, the two could be seen watching spring training games together at the Yankee complex in Tampa, Fla.
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