Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius

Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius

By:  Bill Pennington

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A New York Times bestseller 

 

“Enormously entertaining . . . Explores the question of whether a baseball lifer can actually be a tragic figure in the classic sense—a man destroyed by the very qualities that made him great." — Wall Street Journal 

 

“Bill Pennington gives long-overdue flesh to the caricature . . . Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles without losing sight of the man.” — New York Times Book Review 

  

Even now, years after his death, Billy Martin remains one of the most intriguing and charismatic figures in baseball history. And the most misunderstood. A manager who is widely considered to have been a baseball genius, Martin is remembered more for his rabble-rousing and public brawls on the field and off. He was combative and intimidating, yet endearing and beloved. 

 

?In Billy Martin, Bill Pennington resolves these contradictions and pens the definitive story of Martin’s life. From his hardscrabble youth to his days on the Yankees in the 1950s and through sixteen years of managing, Martin made sure no one ever ignored him. Drawing on exhaustive interviews and his own time covering Martin as a young sportswriter, Pennington provides an intimate, revelatory, and endlessly colorful story of a truly larger-than-life sportsman. 

  

“The hair on my forearms was standing up by the end of the fifth paragraph of this book’s introduction. I knew Billy Martin. I covered Billy Martin. But I never knew him like this.” — Dan Shaughnessy, best-selling author of Francona 

  

“An exhaustive, detailed and fascinating look at a baseball genius whose biggest fight might very well have been against himself.” — Tampa Tribune

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544709034

  • ISBN-10: 0544709039

  • Pages: 560

  • Price: $16.95

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2016

  • Carton Quantity: 24

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1040L

Bill Pennington
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Bill Pennington

BILL PENNINGTON is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the author of Billy Martin, On Par, and The Heisman. A former syndicated columnist, Pennington was also a beat writer for the New York Yankees. A fifteen-time finalist and seven-time winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual writing award, Pennington lives with his family in Warwick, New York.
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    “All the notable moments are here . . . Baseball (and Yankees) fans will devour this like ballpark popcorn, and all will muse about the many what-ifs of Martin's motley life.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

     

    “A motley cast of baseball Hall of Famers, including Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew, Ricky Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Tommy Lasorda, and Earl Weaver, make appearances in this must-read for fans of the great American pastime.” — Publishers Weekly 

     

    “[Pennington] provides what is likely to be the definitive profile, which, as such, belongs in most library sports collections, especially those where Yankee fans cluster.” — Mark Levine, Booklist  

     

    “His study of Martin is comprehensive and detailed, offering the reader rich details on his early years and his time as a player for several teams . . . Pennington expertly combines material from his subject’s personal and professional life, leaving the impression of a complicated and flawed but unforgettable man.” — Library Journal

     

    “Two words of advice: read this. Bill Pennington not only writes the sprawling, brawling, no-punches-pulled narrative Martin deserves, but also deftly illuminates the humanity of one of baseball’s epic characters.” — Tom Verducci, best-selling author of The Yankee Years (with Joe Torre) 

      

    “The hair on my forearms was standing up by the end of the fifth paragraph of this book’s introduction. I knew Billy Martin. I covered Billy Martin. But I never knew him like this. Congrats to Bill Pennington for the definitive work on baseball’s flawed genius.” — Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe columnist and best-selling author of Francona (with Terry Francona) and Senior Year 

      

    “Billy Martin has been dead for twenty-five years? Wow. That means there’s a generation or two that know nothing about this character of baseball characters, this incandescent ballplayer/manager/jerk/sweetheart, this irrepressible brawler with a grand mind for the game. Bill Pennington cures all that  with Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius. This is a terrific tale about a roller coaster life. Pour yourself a cocktail and enjoy. The descriptions of the fistfights alone are worth the price of admission.” — Leigh Montville, best-selling author of Ted Williams, The Big Bam, and Evel  

     

    “It has been easy to think of Billy Martin as a cartoon—one created by the media and abetted by the man himself. But he was a great American, as important to understanding our game, and our nation, as Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio. You’ll never think of Billy Martin in the same way again, thanks to Bill Pennington’s masterpiece of a biography.” — John Thorn, official historian, Major League Baseball 

      

     

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Available Resources

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544709034

  • ISBN-10: 0544709039

  • Pages: 560

  • Price: $16.95

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2016

  • Carton Quantity: 24

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 1040L

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