This Date in Baseball History – July 8

Billy Martin

On July 8, 1982, Billy Martin, who had for so many years feuded in the public eye with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, got a special milestone against the club he had long played for and managed – his 1,000th career win as a manager.

Martin was manager of the Oakland Athletics in 1982, although, as it turned out, he wouldn’t be for much longer; he was fired by the A’s that winter after going 68-94 and finishing fifth in the American League West. He returned to manage the Yankees in three separate seasons – 1983, 1985, and 1988 – and even had a coaching staff ready for the 1990 season before his death on Christmas Day 1989.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Martin’s win and his bizarre relationship with the Yankees during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Birmingham Barons on Tuesday.


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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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