October 20, 1982

On October 20, 1982, Billy Martin was fired as the manager/head coach of the Oakland A’s. Sports writers commented that Mr. Martin had now been fired six times as the manager by five different baseball teams. They remarked that it illustrated how uniquely hated and unliked Billy was. That was true, but it also has to be mentioned that he’d also been HIRED six times by five different baseball teams as the manager/head coach, so the man obviously had a skill set that made an owner want to hire him. He also had a personality that quickly made those same people want to fire him. Billy Martin was the patron saint of the guy everyone knows that can get a job, but can’t keep a job.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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