1954 Topps #13: Billy Martin, New York Yankees, 2B
Billy Martin was born on 5/16/1928 in Berkeley, CA. He began playing for the Yankees in 1950, where he would appear in five different World Series, and win four championships as a player: '51, '52, '53, and '56. Martin was the MVP of the '53 World Series and was an All-star in '56. He was traded to the Kansas City A's in '57, the Tigers in '58, the Indians in '59, the Reds in '60, and to both the Braves and Twins in '61 where he played out his final season. Martin began managing for the Twins in '69, leading them to the first ever ALCS, but eventually lost to the Orioles for a chance to go to the World Series. He then managed the Tigers and Rangers before taking a position with the Yankees in '75. He led the Yankees to the '76 World Series, but lost to the Reds. The next year, Martin led the Yankees all the way to a World Series Championship against the Dodgers for his fifth title in '77. He later managed for the A's before going back to the Yankees in 1983. Martin won the Manager of the Year award in '85, and the following year, the Yankees retired his number, #1. His managerial career ended in 1988. Billy Martin passed away in Johnson City, NY on 12/25/1989 at the age of 61.