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Billy Martin

  • Original Name Alfred Manuel
  • Birth 16 May 1928 Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
  • Death 25 Dec 1989 Port Crane, Broome County, New York, USA
  • Burial Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 25, Plot 21, Grave 3, in the same section as Babe Ruth
  • Memorial ID 1439

Major League Baseball Player and Manager. Born Alfred Manuel Martin, he spent 11 seasons in the major leagues as a player and 16 seasons as a manager. He appeared in five World Series classics during the 1950s as a player for the New York Yankees, winning four out of five series. He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1953 and appeared in the 1956 All-Star game representing the American League. He made his major league debut on April 18, 1950 with the New York Yankees at the age of 21. He spent the first seven years of his career as a middle infielder with the Yankees before being abruptly traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1957, after being involved in a team nightclub incident. The final five years of his playing career were spent in the organizations of the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves and Minnesota Twins. He appeared in 1,021 regular season games during his major league career, finishing with 64 home runs, 333 runs batted in and a lifetime .257 batting average. He also appeared in 28 post season World Series games where he drove in 19 runs including five home runs. He began his managerial career in 1969 with Minnesota, leading the Twins to the American League West title after spending several years in the organization as the third base coach. He returned to the Yankee organization in August 1975 after brief managerial stints with the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. He led the Yankees to the World Series Championship in 1977, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to two. He was fired by the club in July 1979 after he punched a marshmallow salesman in an incident that made national headlines. He was also involved in several highly public confrontations with New York owner George Steinbrenner and slugging star Reggie Jackson. Following his dismissal from the Yankees he took over the managerial job of the Oakland A's leading the club to the 1981 American League Western Division title. His style of suicide squeeze and hit and run baseball quickly became known throughout the American League as "Billy Ball." He returned to the Yankees in 1983 after being fired by the Oakland A's. The last several years of his managing career were highlighted by several hirings and firings by the New York Yankee organization. He finished his managerial career with 1,253 regular season wins against 1,013 losses and a post season record of twelve wins and nineteen losses. He was killed on Christmas day in a pickup truck accident at the age of 61.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1439
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Martin (16 May 1928–25 Dec 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1439, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .