Today in Tribe History: December 25, 1989
Billy Martin, an All-Star infielder and former manager, dies in a car accident in Johnson City, NY, at the age of 61. Martin played for the Cleveland Indians in 1959. He was best known for his five-time tenure as Yankees manager under owner and Cleveland native George Steinbrenner. He will be buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westchester, NY, in a plot near Babe Ruth. Steinbrenner, who fired Martin four times (he resigned the fifth time) purchases the plot.