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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (March 3, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385234910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385234917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy Ball Thorton on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe no one has reviewed this book! Billy Martin is one the greatest baseball minds in history!! You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Almost as ashamed as Matt Berg is when he wets the bed at age 32.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim J. Carroll on December 27, 2008
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What a great sequel to "Number 1". Billy gives us an update and a behind the scenes look at managing. I got to wonder if any of the people who vote for the hall of fame can read.His career as a player and a manager should have him in there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curt Jester on September 28, 2011
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People who read Billy Ball will find out what Billy wanted people to know, and how cute stories often times end up in the media become a person's reputation. For instance, I can personally verify spending an evening in a nightclub with Billy and some of his close friends that he was very economical on the drinks, almost to annoyance as far as I was concerned..lol. I also hadn't given a tremendous amount of thought for Billy to be inducted into the HoF before reading #1 a few weeks back and then ordering this book. But that has quite changed, and I just urge people, especially ardent fans and writers to look and see what Billy really has accomplished in his baseball career. Without giving the book away, I will just give Billy a nickname that would be appropo, The Man With The Midas Touch, because every team he was on as a player and a manager turned to GOLD! Billy goes into some depth about his methodology for managing and bars no opinion on some of the managers and players he was associated with during his career. Billy Martin maybe the best baseball manager in the history of the major leagues. Don't believe me? Read the book, and find out what he really thinks of the coined name, Billy Ball. From spending an evening with the guy, and getting a call the next morning to see if I wanted to play some local ball with his connections to reading his two books, one will see how gifted he is at expressing himself, and not just what he is labeled for like kicking up the dirt for expressing himself...: As a sidebar, Billy did not drive the night he died. Look at the report from the doctor who analyzed the windshield and his hair on YouTube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By COOL JEWEL on August 9, 2009
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BILLY MARTIN FORMER MLB MANAGER DOES A GREAT JOB TELLING US ABOUT HIS CAREER AS A PLAYER AND MANAGER. MOSTLY IT CONCERNS THE MANAGING, WHICH IS THE MOST INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL. LIKE BILLY OR NOT, HE GOT RESULTS IN IMPROVING EACH TEAM HE WAS THE SKIPPER. BILLY MADE THE HEADLINES FOR MANY YEARS WHILE MANAGING THE YANKEES AND GOT BOTH GOOD AND BAD FAME. BUT I WOULD SAY MOSTLY BAD, WITH HIS RUN INS WITH REGGIE, GEORGE AND THE MEDIA. THE FANS LOVED HIM FOR HE REPRESENTED THE BLUE COLLAR GUY WHO TOOK NO S__T AND TOLD HIS BOSS WHERE TO GO. BILLY POSSESSED ONE OF THE GREATEST MANAGING AND STRATEGIC MINDS I CAN THINK OF. THE PINE TAR INCIDENT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE RULES AND HOW HE USED THEM TO HIS ADVANTAGE. BILLY ADAPTED HIS STRATEGIES TO THE STRENGTHS OF HIS TEAM AND FOUND WAYS TO WIN WITH IT. THE DOWN SIDE OF BILLY WAS HIS EXPLOSIVE TEMPER AND HIS ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL. IN THIS BOOK HE DENIES ANY ALCOHOL PROBLEMS AND CONSIDERS HIMSELF A SOCIAL DRINKER. BILLY WAS QUITE A CHARACTER AND WAS QUITE COLORFUL AND CONTROVERSIAL. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND I RECOMMEND IT FOR ALL BASEBALL FANS.
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