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Billy Martin

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin

Full Name: Alfred Manuel Martin Jr.
Profession: Baseball Player and Manager

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Martin was a controversial Major League Baseball infielder and manager whose success was most famously linked with the New York Yankees, whom he managed for 5 stints.

He won 5 World Series with the Yankees, 4 as a scrappy second baseman in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956 and once as manager in 1977. Apart from the Yankees, Martin played for 6 other clubs and managed 5 others.

He had a history of being an excellent builder of teams but also one of conflict with ownership, star players, young pitchers as well as poor and erratic personal behaviour away from the baseball field.

Born: May 16, 1928
Birthplace: Berekeley, California, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: December 25, 1989 (aged 61)
Cause of Death: Killed in a car accident

Historical Events

  • 1951-11-13 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)
  • 1953-10-05 50th Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3 in Game 6 for 4-2 series win; NY 2nd baseman Billy Martin's 12 hits sets WS record; Yankees win record 5th consecutive WS
  • 1957-05-16 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
  • 1957-06-15 Yanks trade Billy Martin & Ralph Terry for Ryne Duran
  • 1968-10-11 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins
  • 1969-10-13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • 1969-12-13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins
  • 1970-10-02 Detroit general manager Jim Campbell gives controversial Billy Martin a 2-year deal (1971-72) to manage the Tigers at a well above MLB average annual salary of $65,000
  • 1973-09-02 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)
  • 1973-09-08 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers
  • 1974-07-14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
  • 1974-10-24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • 1975-07-21 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • 1976-10-28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)
  • 1977-04-21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • 1977-06-18 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dugout altercation
  • 1978-07-17 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him
  • 1978-07-24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson
  • 1978-07-25 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
  • 1978-07-29 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM
  • 1979-02-22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • 1979-05-24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • 1979-06-18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon
  • 1979-06-19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • 1979-10-24 Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
  • 1979-10-28 Dick Howser (best Yank manager win-lost pct .636) returns to New York, replacing Billy Martin
  • 1979-10-29 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • 1980-04-25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • 1981-11-12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • 1982-07-08 Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager
  • 1982-10-20 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
  • 1983-01-11 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time
  • 1985-04-28 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
  • 1985-04-29 New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra 16 games into season, despite assurance from owner George Steinbrenner that he would be kept for the whole season. Billy Martin named as replacement.
  • 1985-09-22 Billy Martin's right arm is broken by pitcher Ed Whitson
  • 1985-10-27 Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time
  • 1986-08-10 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired
  • 1987-10-19 Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM and Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time
  • 1988-06-23 Yanks manager Billy Martin's 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager

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