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Billy Martin - by Bill Pennington (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 560

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Mariner Books

Author: Bill Pennington

Language: English

Street Date: May 3, 2016
TCIN: 50602563
UPC: 9780544709034
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-7778


"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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