He managed the New York Yankees five times, but a bad temper, notorious bar fights, and arguments with teammates got him fired four times. Billy Martin was baseball’s bad boy throughout most of his 11-year playing career and 16 more years in management. The only person he ever allowed to control him was the demanding Yankees-owner George Steinbrenner. Martin’s wild reputation, womanizing, and fights always followed him, but he loved the Yankees so much that he would take anything from Steinbrenner to stay on the team.
He died on Christmas Day in 1989 as a passenger in his own truck, when the vehicle plunged 300 feet off an embankment and ended at the foot of his driveway. His friend was charged with drunken driving in the accident, which occurred in Upstate New York, where Marin lived in a luxurious lake house. Now for sale, the home and its 84 acres are being auctioned, with bids starting at $500,000 and a buyer’s premium of 10 percent, TopTenRealEstateDeals reports. The auction ends July 27th.
Built in 1960 outside the town of Fenton, the lake house was Martin’s escape from the stresses of baseball competition — a quiet place where he could enjoy the tree-filled views over his 8-acre lake. Measuring 5,187 square feet, the brick home has four bedrooms and four baths, a large office, a bedroom suite named for Mickey Mantle, and fireplaces in the living room and master suite. The house is designed to maximize lake views with multiple decks, walls of glass, and large windows. The lower floor houses a bedroom, bath, and kitchen with laundry. The property has a 1,120-square-foot barn, and the forested grounds include wildflower meadows and the lake.
The listing brokers are Michael R. Franklin of Franklin Ruttan Unique Property Specialists in Syracuse, N.Y., and Michael DeRosa of Michael DeRosa Exchange in New York City.
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