This Day In Sports History (August 10th) – Billy Martin
It was on this day in 1986 that the New York Yankees retired the #1 formerly worn by Billy Martin. Martin also had a plaque dedicated to him at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium.
Billy Martin spent his first eight years as a player playing second base for the Yankees. After being traded to Kansas City in 1957, Martin’s career began to go downhill. He spent the next five seasons playing for six different teams before retiring in 1961. Martin made his managerial debut in 1969 with the Minnesota Twins and had a couple of short stints with Detroit and Texas. In 1975, Martin began his first of five stints as manager of the New York Yankees.
By having his number retired by the Yankees, Billy Martin joined a number of legends and Hall of Famers, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, just to name a few.
Here is a clip of Martin talking about winning.
John Starks, NBA – Born August 10th 1965 (age 47) in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bret Hedican, NHL – Born August 10th 1970 (age 42) in St. Paul, Minnesota
Sal Fasano, MLB – Born August 10th 1971 (age 41) in Chicago, Illinois