With the 20th anniversary of Billy MartinÆs death on Christmas evening 1989 upon us, it's a good time to look back on Martin's impact on the Yankees and his managing style.
I recently put together a compilation of some of his former players talking about Martin , including my talk last year with Mike Pagliarulo about his time playing third base for Martin on the 1980s Yankees. As a way to look back on that day and MartinÆs career, here's Pags' memories of Martin:
Q: How did you respond to Billy Martin, first as your coach on the Yankees, and then upon learning of his death?
A: I loved Billy Martin. That was a very sad day for me. I burst out crying when I heard the news.
He was the kind of guy who wasnÆt afraid to tell you what he thought of you. If I got one hit ...
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Article written by Arne Christensen