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Martin's famous clashes with a young George Steinbrenner and Reggie Jackson came to define his legacy.
But there was certainly plenty of substance behind his style.
No matter where he went, Martin rarely stayed out of the headlines, thanks to his confrontational habits and love of a stiff drink.
His managerial career started off with success.
He led the Twins to a division title in 1969, but he was fired after just one season in part for his role in a fight with a player outside a bar.
From there, he moved on to Detroit and Texas.
Again, he had success, but didn't last long.
He then went to manage the Yankees, beginning a tumultuous run featuring an appearance in back-to-back World Series' in 1976 and 1977.
The Yankees ended up taking the title in 1977 despite Martin's controversial decision to yank Mr. October in the middle of an inning after he failed to come in hard on a shallow fly to right against the Red Sox.
Martin never lasted long thanks to his love of attacking the Boss.
His most famous remarks led to his immediate removal in 1978, after he made light of Steinbrenner's contributions to the Richard Nixon campaign.
Had he managed to keep his mouth shut, there's no question Martin would ranked higher on baseball's all-time managerial wins list.