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Texas Rangers: Billy ball

Updated: September 29, 2010, 10:44 AM ET
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Near the end of that disastrous 1973 campaign -- the Rangers finished 57-105 -- the club hired the pugnacious Billy Martin as manager. "I'd fire my mother to hire Billy Martin," Short famously said.

Martin drank hard, fought hard and was fired by the Detroit Tigers after he told the media he ordered his pitchers to throw at the opposition. But Martin had also won division titles with the Tigers and Minnesota Twins. The Rangers had been a miserable failure their first two ...

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