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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Martin's remarks result in his resignation
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 23, 1978
Though the New York Yankees have won their fifth straight game, manager Billy Martin's nerves are frayed and he's in a foul mood. The reason might be Martin's still upset with Reggie Jackson, who has admitted no guilt for bunting when he was ordered to swing away. Martin suspended Jackson five games for his transgression, and today is his first day back, though Martin didn't play him.
At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, while the Yankees are waiting for the plane to take them to Kansas City, Martin talks about Jackson and team owner George Steinbrenner, who had been convicted of making illegal-campaign contributions in an outgrowth of Watergate.
After several drinks, Martin tells two reporters, "The two of them deserve each other. One's a born liar, the other's convicted."
The remark will cause a tearful Martin to resign the next day as Yankees manager, the one job he treasured above all others. If he hadn't quit, it's likely he would have been fired.
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