Today in Tribe History: December 25, 1989
Jason Kaminski | On 25, Dec 2013
Billy Martin, a former Cleveland infielder and manager, dies in a car accident in Johnson City, NY at the age of 61. Martin, a five-time Yankees manager under owner and Cleveland native George Steinbrenner, was rumored to be a candidate to replace current Yankees skipper Lou Piniella. During an 18-year managerial career, Martin posted a record of 1253-1013, led his teams to five American League pennants and guided the Yankees to the 1977 World Championship. 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. Martin played for the Tribe in 1959.