The upstate lake house of former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin is for sale.
Martin managed the New York Yankees five times, but a bad temper, notorious bar fights, arguments with teammates and late nights got him fired four times.
He died in a Christmas Day DUI 1989 on the road leading to his country home in upstate Fenton, which is now being offered for auction.
Built in 1960, the four-bedroom, 5-bath brick home set in 84 acres was Martin’s escape from the stresses of baseball competition – a quiet place where he could enjoy the tree-filled views over his eight-acre lake.
With an overall 5,187 s/f, the home has an office, living room with fireplace and master suite with fireplace. There’s a bedroom suite named for Mickey Mantle – one of his closest friends – and walls of glass and windows, as well as multiple decks designed to maximize the lake views. Outside is a 1,120 s/f barn and the forested grounds include wildflower meadows and the lake.
The house is being auction with bids starting at $500,000. The listing brokers are Michael R. Franklin of Franklin Ruttan Unique Property Specialists Syracuse, and Michael DeRosa of Michael DeRosa Exchange. Bidding ends July 27.
Martin was baseball’s bad boy throughout most of his 11-year playing career and 16 more years in management. The only person he ever allowed to control him was the demanding Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Martin’s wild reputation, womanizing and fights always followed him, but he loved the Yankees so much that he would take anything from Steinbrenner to stay on the team.
His life ended as dramatically as he lived it when he was killed on Christmas Day, 1989 as a passenger in his own truck at the foot of his own driveway in Fenton.