“In 1980, the A’s hired a new manager that I would look up to for the rest of my life, one of the best teachers and managers anyone could ever play for, Mr. Billy Martin. Billy always got the most out of me. He taught me to compete at the highest level and respect the game of baseball. Billy, I miss you very much and I wish you were here with me today.”-Rickey Henderson-Hall of Fame Induction Speech, July 2009
In the time flies department, Billy Martin died 20 years ago today, in a car crash in upstate New York, Christmas Day 1989.
See the link below on how Billy is remembered by Rickey Henderson, Rod Carew, Willie Randolph, George Steinbrenner & Whitey Ford.