While Billy Martin never achieved HOF status, his popularity and desirability easily approaches any HOF inductee. Moreover, his 1952 Topps card is his ‘true’ rookie card since he never appeared in any previous Bowman issue. Billy’s popularity as a Yankee 2nd baseman was completely overshadowed by his managerial status. Bottom line is wherever Billy managed, he won. He lead the Twins, Tigers and Oakland A’s to division titles and won a World Championship managing the 1977 New York Yankees. His legacy will always be his animated confrontations with both umpires and players as well as his ability to win with any team he managed. He easily ranks as one of the greatest managers that ever lived and, one day, just may be inducted into Cooperstown for his managerial genius.