Wednesday, October 19, 1977

Scrappy, Controversial Yankee Manager – Alfred Manuel (Billy) Martin

“I’m insecure too,” said Martin (in LA), “but I’m insecure because I don’t have a lot of mone, and that’s natural isn’t it?” Then he smiled and said: “How about that? One beer and I’m philosphizing.”

“I’ll never change and I never have changed.” Alfred Manuel Martin was born on May 16, 1928 in Berkeley,CA. With his father gone and him mother working, he was raised by his grandparents, who lived a few blocks away. His grandmother called him “Bellissiomo” or “Belli” for short. Other kids, hearing him called that, naturally made it “Billy.”

ex NYT Koppett 10/19/77

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