Father of Yankees manager Joe Girardi dies at 81

Father of Yankees manager Joe Girardi dies at 81
October 11, 2012, 4:08 pm
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi walks off the field after speaking with an umpire in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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NEW YORK (AP) The father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has died.

The Deiters Funeral Home says Jerry Girardi died Saturday at 81. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease since the 1990s and died in Metamora, Ill.

The Yankees were set to play Game 4 of the AL division series Thursday night against Baltimore and Girardi was at Yankee Stadium. New York leads 2-1 in the best-of-five matchup, and Girardi has been with the team for every game.

Jerry Girardi served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War and worked in construction sales and as a bricklayer, according to an obituary on the funeral home's website.

A funeral is scheduled for Monday in Peoria. His wife, Angela, died in 1984. The couple had four sons and a daughter.