Baseball is quite a riveting sport, and the history of baseball has seen some very colorful, charming, and infuriating figures grace the fields. One such shining example in the history of baseball players is the noteworthy Billy Martin. He was the ever aggressive second baseman and later serial manager of the Yankees.
He is fondly remembered for the memorable years he served the Yankees where he saved them in the 1952 World Series, was awarded the Series’ MVP in the next season, decades later managing the Yankees in their 1976 World Series. He eventually lead his team to a glorious win in the next season. However, his colorful and belligerent personality has also provided more than enough fodder for the sports columns.
From getting drunk and insulting the Yankees’ owner, to kicking dirt at umpires, flaunting his mistress at the ballpark and getting into dugout and barroom brawls, his tenure with the Yankees was one for the history books.
The New York Times sportswriter, Bill Pennington, has chronicled the fascinating life story of this great baseball legend in his book titled, Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius. The author has made the book a very entertaining read with his skillful writing and interesting reportage. The author explores how a man could be destroyed by the very qualities that pushed him to the pinnacle of success.
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