On This Day

Billy Martin

Profession: Baseball Player and Manager

United States of America

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

Events in the Life of Billy Martin

  • 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 dug out 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 mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces 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
  • 1985-09-22 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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