September 18, 1990 |
A jury found a Detroit bar owner guilty today of driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit for intoxication in the Christmas Day crash that killed former major-league manager Billy Martin. William Reedy, 53, was cleared of a lesser charge of driving while ability impaired by a Town of Fenton Court jury that deliberated for about two hours before reaching a verdict.
July 14, 1989 |
Federal tax agents are throwing a brushback pitch at Billy Martin, the baseball legend living a quiet farming life in Upstate New York. A $35,564.62 tax lien has been filed against Martin by agents working out of the Internal Revenue Service's Buffalo district office, the Buffalo News reported. The lien against Martin--former New York Yankees manager known for his brawling style and battles with team owner George Steinbrenner--was filed Tuesday in the Broome County clerk's office in Binghamton.
October 28, 1985 |
In a move they actually decided a month ago, the New York Yankees dismissed Billy Martin as their manager for an unprecedented fourth time Sunday, and named batting coach Lou Piniella as his replacement. The firing made the Yankees' long and rocky relationship with the controversial Martin unique in baseball annals. No other major league manager has ever been fired four times by the same club.
December 31, 1989 |
Billy Martin does not, even now, rest in peace. There is tragedy there, and irony, too. If Martin ever sought solitude, he never found it. He died a violent death at the foot of his home in upstate New York, where he had moved a year ago. It was a country retreat, a 148-acre farm, far removed from the too-public violence of his life. This was where the circus would end and where he could start anew.
December 26, 1989 |
Five-time New York Yankee manager Billy Martin died early Monday night in an alcohol-related crash when the pickup truck in which he was a passenger skidded off an icy road near his upstate New York farm and tumbled 300 feet down a gully. Martin, 61, lived on the farm with his wife Jill. Efforts to revive Martin at Wilson Memorial Hospital failed and he died there at about 6:56 p.m. of severe internal injuries and possible head injuries, hospital spokesman Michael Doll said.
January 23, 1989 |
Billy Martin--no, not that Billy Martin--roomed with Brian Teacher when the UCLA tennis team played road matches in 1975. They also were doubles partners, but that didn't exactly make them friends. Teacher, who went on to a successful professional career, recalled the competitive tension between them. "One time, he had a bag full of Oreo cookies and I went over and took two," said Teacher, now in the masters of business administration program at USC.
July 10, 1994 |
One reads of the mess Billy Martin called his life and wonders how he ever found time for baseball, the game that put his failings on a national stage when they were best suited for some squalid, anonymous trailer park. He was a relentless boozer, a sucker puncher and a chippy chaser, and the sum of his personal ugliness overwhelmed whatever good he did for the New York Yankees.
February 4, 2014 |
Looking back from the fragmented media landscape of 2014, it's hard to imagine someone like John Lurie was ever possible. An immediately recognizable character actor who appeared in landmark indie films including Jim Jarmusch's "Down by Law" and "Stranger Than Paradise," Lurie was also a brilliant saxophonist who helped push the boundaries of jazz in the '80s and '90s with his band, the Lounge Lizards. But Lurie was forced to give up music and acting after being stricken with advanced Lyme disease and has since switched to painting (his work has been exhibited numerous times and was collected in a 2007 book, "A Fine Example of Art")
March 26, 1987 |
Butch Wynegar had showered, changed out of the Yankee pinstripes that had become a kind of straitjacket and hurried up to the lounge where the players' families waited. He saw his wife, Gretchen, across the room chatting with a group of other players' wives and headed straight for her. Escape from New York and the peace of their suburban New Jersey home was all he could think about.
October 26, 1991 |
An appeals court at Binghamton, N.Y., has upheld the drunk driving conviction of William Reedy, the Detroit bar owner who was driving during the accident that killed former major league manager Billy Martin.