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By Bill Pennington

ISBN-10: 0544022947

ISBN-13: 9780544022942

A New York instances bestseller

“Enormously unique . . . Explores the query of no matter if a baseball lifer can truly be a sad determine within the vintage sense—a guy destroyed through the very features that made him great." — Wall road Journal

“Bill Pennington supplies long-overdue flesh to the cartoon . . . Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles with no wasting sight of the man.” — New York occasions e-book Review[/b]
Even now, years after his demise, Billy Martin continues to be probably the most fascinating and charismatic figures in baseball background. And the main misunderstood. A supervisor who's commonly thought of to were a baseball genius, Martin is remembered extra for his rabble-rousing and public brawls at the box and stale. He used to be combative and intimidating, but endearing and beloved.

​In Billy Martin, invoice Pennington resolves those contradictions and pens the definitive tale of Martin’s existence. From his hardscrabble adolescence to his days at the Yankees within the Fifties and during 16 years of coping with, Martin made convinced not anyone ever overlooked him. Drawing on exhaustive interviews and his personal time masking Martin as a tender sportswriter, Pennington presents an intimate, revelatory, and perpetually colourful tale of a very larger-than-life sportsman.
“The hair on my forearms was once status up by means of the top of the 5th paragraph of this book’s advent. I knew Billy Martin. I coated Billy Martin. yet I by no means knew him like this.” — Dan Shaughnessy, best-selling writer of Francona
“An exhaustive, unique and interesting examine a baseball genius whose greatest struggle could rather well were opposed to himself.” — Tampa Tribune

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Opening its pale blue cover, they found a short opening explanatory paragraph that failed to explain anything much, followed by sixteen pages of baseball statistics. Astonishingly short and abrupt paragraphs followed by pages and pages of numbers: that was James's quixotic early approach to getting across what he had to say. Were it not for the author's frequent assertion that it was one, there was no reason to think of the first Baseball Abstract as a book. ("In this next section of this book…") And there was certainly no reason to think that the writer had the capacity to lead the reader to a radical, entirely original understanding of his subject.

Once he decided that hitting was the most important tool and everything else was secondary, Alderson set about implementing throughout the organization, with Marine Corps rigor, a uniform approach to hitting. The approach had three rules: 1. Every batter needs to behave like a leadoff man, and adopt as his main goal getting on base. 2. Every batter should also possess the power to hit home runs, in part because home run power forced opposing pitchers to pitch more cautiously, and led to walks, and high on-base percentages.

He had a bravado, increasingly false, that no one in a fifty-mile radius was ever going to see through. He looked more like a superstar than any actual superstar. He was a natural leader of young men. Billy's weakness was simple: he couldn't hit. Or, rather, he hit sometimes but not others; and when he didn't hit, he unraveled. "Billy was of the opinion that he should never make an out," said Pittaro. " He busted so many bats against so many walls that his teammates lost count. One time he destroyed the dugout toilet; another time, in a Triple-A game in Tacoma, he went after a fan in the stands, and proved, to everyone's satisfaction, that fans, no matter what challenges they hollered from the safety of their seats, were better off not getting into fistfights with ballplayers.

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