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A New York Times bestseller
“Enormously entertaining . . . Explores the question of whether a
baseball lifer can actually be a tragic figure in the classic
sense—a man destroyed by the very qualities that made him
great." — Wall Street Journal
“Bill Pennington gives long-overdue flesh to the caricature . . .
Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles without losing sight of
the man.” — New York Times Book Review
Even now, years after his death, Billy Martin remains one
of the most intriguing and charismatic figures in baseball history. And
the most misunderstood. A manager who is widely considered to have been a
baseball genius, Martin is remembered more for his rabble-rousing and
public brawls on the field and off. He was combative and intimidating,
yet endearing and beloved.
In Billy Martin,
Bill Pennington resolves these contradictions and pens the definitive
story of Martin’s life. From his hardscrabble youth to his days
on the Yankees in the 1950s and through sixteen years of managing,
Martin made sure no one ever ignored him. Drawing on exhaustive
interviews and his own time covering Martin as a young sportswriter,
Pennington provides an intimate, revelatory, and endlessly colorful
story of a truly larger-than-life sportsman.
/>“The hair on my forearms was standing up by the end of the
fifth paragraph of this book’s introduction. I knew Billy Martin.
I covered Billy Martin. But I never knew him like this.”
— Dan Shaughnessy, best-selling author of Francona
“An exhaustive, detailed and fascinating look at a
baseball genius whose biggest fight might very well have been against
himself.” — Tampa Tribune