Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington

By Bill Pennington

A New York instances bestseller

“Enormously interesting . . . Explores the query of even if a baseball lifer can really be a sad determine within the vintage sense—a guy destroyed by way of the very traits that made him great." — Wall highway Journal

“Bill Pennington supplies long-overdue flesh to the sketch . . . Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles with no wasting sight of the man.” — New York instances publication Review[/b]
Even now, years after his dying, Billy Martin is still essentially the most fascinating and charismatic figures in baseball historical past. And the main misunderstood. A supervisor who's generally thought of to were a baseball genius, Martin is remembered extra for his rabble-rousing and public brawls at the box and stale. He was once 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 early life to his days at the Yankees within the Nineteen Fifties and during 16 years of dealing with, Martin made certain not anyone ever missed him. Drawing on exhaustive interviews and his personal time overlaying Martin as a tender sportswriter, Pennington presents an intimate, revelatory, and ceaselessly colourful tale of a really larger-than-life sportsman.
“The hair on my forearms used to be status up through the top of the 5th paragraph of this book’s creation. 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, designated and interesting examine a baseball genius whose greatest struggle may perhaps rather well were opposed to himself.” — Tampa Tribune

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With this acknowledgment of the high place of baseball, our American national pastime, comes a deep sense of responsibility for those of us who In writing choose to claim the In society today, title we baseball coach. are^faced with growing disrespect for leaders, a lessening acceptance of the existence of lasting values, and a desire to win Baseball does not escape these societal influences. Base- at all cost. coaches at all levels are regularly tempted to take other than the high road to cut a corner, stretch a rule, or shade the truth to accomplish the short-term goal of recruiting a player, preparing a team, or winning a baseball game.

When a player left the pro- gram and hadn't progressed from being a boy to being a man, I would be dissatisfied with myself. One of our rules was that players would wear no facial hair and no long hair, with the back of the hair trimmed so it would not touch the collar. Alan Bannister played 12 years in the major leagues. Out of high school, he was the number one draft pick of the California Angels. He opted to attend Arizona State He was also a surfer from instead of accepting a $53,000 signing bonus.

This attention often includes criticism. Responsibilities go representing a team, a school, and a conference. A with positive public im- all players follow social customs in the community. Coaches must accept the responsibility for how a team looks on the field and in public. Appearance is one of the few factors you can control. If you pay attention to appearance and how you want your team to behave, the impression you want to make on others will result in positive reinforcement. In time, vour team will be the team vou want it to be.

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