On December 25, 1989, former New York Yankees and Oakland A’s manager Billy Martin dies in a car accident at the age of 61. Martin, a five-time Yankee manager under owner George Steinbrenner, was rumored to be a candidate to replace current Yankee skipper Lou Piniella. During a 16-year career, Martin forged a record of 1253-1013, led his teams to five divisional titles, and guided the Yankees to the 1977 World Championship.
Martin will be buried in Gates of Heaven cemetery in Valhalla‚ New York in a plot near Babe Ruth's. George Steinbrenner‚ who fired Martin 4 times (he resigned the 5th time) purchases the plot.
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