Twins Catcher George Mitterwald Salutes Manager Billy Martin

Posted July 11th, 2013 by Tom Owens and filed in Billy Martin, Calvin Griffith, George Mitterwald, Minnesota Twins, The Sporting News

I miss the old “Baseball Bible.”
The cover paintings were part of
that reverence. I never tried to
get a TSN autographed. I couldn’t
bear seeing those covers bent in
the mail!

George Mitterwald hasn’t forgotten manager Billy Martin. I asked for any memories of their brief time together in Minnesota. Mitterwald replied:

“Billy Martin was a great manager, whom I learned a lot of baseball from. His strategy and willingness to always push the envelope when it came to making the opposition try to stop us from taking extra bases, stopping us from stealing home, double stealing and taking the extra base almost all the time.

Off the field he was brash at times, generous all the time and just plain fun to be around all the time because of his comedic nature.”

Coming Monday: Contrasting memories of owner Calvin Griffith.

2 Responses to “Twins Catcher George Mitterwald Salutes Manager Billy Martin”

  1. Fuji says:

    The Sporting News is one of my favorite magazines of all-time. I’ve never seen this cover… but it’s awesome.

  2. Douglas says:

    I think Billy’s career can be summed up in two personalities. One the NYC bronx zoo icon the other the rehabilitor of sinking or sunk franchises who could engineer an 20+ win turn around from season to next. I like the latter guy.

    Lost in the history is the fact that Martin was a Twins franchise guy, groomed to take over managerial duties, all through the 60’s, scout, coach, AAA manager but they also had a very short leash on him.

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