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6" x 9.25", 272 page hardcover with dustjacket titled NUMBER 1 by Billy Martin and Peter Golenbock/ Delacorte Press , ISBN # 0-440-06416-3, First Printing, copyright 1980/ Written at the period of his tumultuous ride as manager of the Yankees, Billy Martin proves why he was the heart and soul of the club. It was during a time that interest in the Bronx Zoo was immense and numerous players were weighing in on the team. A book from Martin was a natural, and he tackles the issues inside the clubhouse and away from the ballpark in the candor that made him a baseball legend. To gain a greater appreciation of the times chronicled by Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles and others, Number 1 remains a must for Yankee fans or those who want another angle to the story that played out daily in the New York tabloids.
Alfred Manuel "Billy" Martin (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989) was an American Major League Baseball second baseman and manager. He is best known as the manager of the New York Yankees, a position he held five different times. As Yankees manager, he led the team to consecutive American League pennants in 1976 and 1977; the Yankees were swept in the 1976 World Series by the Cincinnati Reds but triumphed over the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the 1977 World Series. He also had notable managerial tenures with several other AL squads, leading four of them to division championships. Martin had a distinguished playing career in the 1950s, highlighted by his years with the Yankees during which he performed at a high level in appearances in the World Series. He was also selected for the American League All Star team in 1956. In these years his infamous propensity for fisticuffs became established, both on and off the baseball field. As a manager, Martin was known for turning losing teams into winners, and for arguing animatedly with umpires, including a widely parodied routine in which he kicked dust on their feet. However, he was criticized for not getting along with veteran players and owners, burning out young pitchers, and for having an addiction to alcohol. During the 1969 through 1988 period as a manager, Martin totaled 1,253 victories with a .553 winning percentage.
The book is complete and in VERY GOOD condition with some overall wear mainly to the dustjacket. The spine is slightly tilted and the bottom edge of the book is lightly remainder marked with a blue speckled spray paint.