Billy Martin (1956 – Topps #181)

Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin played 2nd base, 3rd base, and shortstop for a total of 11 years (1950 – ’61) for 6 different teams, but was perhaps better known as the tumultuous Manager of the New York Yankees 5 seperate times (8 years). As a player Billy was a part of 4 World Series Chamionships (1951 – ’53,and 1956 – all with the Yankees) and was MVP of the 1953 World Series. He was also an A.L. All-Star in ’56. Martin was traded to Kansas City in ’57 and he spent his remaining years (he retired in 1961) in relative anonymity. As Manager of the Yankees he won 2 A.L. Pennants (1 World Series Championship) in 1976 and 1977. But his main notoriety came in his arguments with Yankees management; George Steinbrenner, Yankees President, in particular. He was fired by Steinbrenner 5 times, and then rehired as Yankees Manager each time – the last time before the 1988 season. He was ‘let go’ after the ’88 season. Billy Martin died in a 1-car crash in 1989. He was 61 years old, and was scheduled to be the Yankees Manager again in 1990. His uniform number (#1) has been retired by the New York Yankees.

Billy Martin 1956 Topps #181


One response to “Billy Martin (1956 – Topps #181)

  1. Billy Martin was the “heart” of what made the NYY tick! I loved his temper and he would never be afraid of telling an ump off and getting tossed out of the game! I loved his desire to win so badly! There was only one Billy Martin and I would put him at the top of the list of managers anytime! He had excitement all over him! Man, you sure have some card collection! PG


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