Billy Martin, a cheater's cheater

In an excerpt from "Cheater's Guide to Baseball," Derek Zumsteg recounts Billy Martin's unpredictable managerial career.

Updated: August 13, 2007, 2:22 PM ET
By Derek Zumsteg | ESPN.com

Winning is everything. -- Billy Martin

No modern manager approaches Billy Martin when it comes to cheating. No manager since John McGraw, Ned Hanlon and their contemporaries a century earlier were so willing to dedicate themselves to using the rules to their advantage when it suited them and to breaking them to gain an edge on their opponents.

Like McGraw, Martin would win any way he could until he would force his own firing. So he would go somewhere else, cook up more dirty tricks, ...

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