Billy Martin

Billy Martin
Birthdate 05/16/1928
Death Date 12/25/1989
Debut Year 1950
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Braves, Indians, Rangers, Reds, Tigers, Twins, Yankees
Positions Manager, Second Base, Shortstop, Third Base

When his #1 was retired by the Yanks Billy Martin said, “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.”

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A clash between Yankee GM George Weiss and Billy Martin led to Martin's departure from NY

A clash between Yankee GM George Weiss and Billy Martin led to Martin's departure from NY

In the collection is the document that sent Billy Martin to Triple-A after just six big league games. It signed by Hall of Fame executive George Weiss and comes with quite a story. Martin was one of Casey Stengel’s favorites, having played for Stengel with the Oakland Oaks from 1947 and 1948.
Billy Martin hit .500 in the 1953 World Series and was named the Most Valuable Player

Billy Martin hit .500 in the 1953 World Series and was named the Most Valuable Player

Best known as a manger, Billy Martin was also an All Star second baseman who earned four rings as a player. His breakout season came in 1953, his fourth year in the bigs. One of his seven seasons with at least 100 games, the campaign featured a career-high 149 contests for the second baseman. Martin
Martin dropped this in the mail less than 24 hours before he had career-high 5 RBI

Martin dropped this in the mail less than 24 hours before he had career-high 5 RBI

The image above shows the reverse of the card signed by Billy Martin. Notice the New York postmark from August 11, 1953 at 11:00pm. Less than 24 hours later the Yankees hammered Bucky Harris’ Washington Senators 22-1. Martin and Yankee catcher Yogi Berra combined for ten runs batted in. In the
As a fiery manager Bill Martin knew how to win; his temper helped wear out his welcome

As a fiery manager Bill Martin knew how to win; his temper helped wear out his welcome

Billy Martin enjoyed an 11-year big league playing career that included five trips to the World Series and four rings. Immediately after retiring in 1961, Martin took a job scouting for the Twins. He remained in the Minnesota organization in various roles until getting the manager’s job after

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