BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in 1986, the New York Yankees celebrated “Billy Martin Day” at Yankee Stadium. The longtime Bronx Bombers player and manager (five times over) had his No. 1 retired in Monument Park.
The organization also dedicated a plaque to Martin, which reads: Alfred Manuel “Billy” Martin, Casey’s Boy. A Yankee forever. A man who only knew one way to play — to win as a player for Casey Stengel he thrived on pressure, delivering the key play or hit. MVP of the 1953 World Series, setting record for most hits in a six-game series with 12. Later as a manager, he became one of the great Yankee managers.
Martin earned four World Series rings as a Yankee player, batting .333 in 28 World Series contests. Martin also managed the 1977 club all the way to a title.