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Jack Martin

Major League Baseball player

Died when: 93 years 76 days (1118 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Jack Martin

John Christopher Martin (April 19, 1887 – July 4, 1980) was a weak-hitting, slick-fielding infielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly at shortstop for three different teams between the 1912 and 1914 seasons.

Listed at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 159 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Martin played baseball for Plainfield High School.

After a lengthy minor league baseball career, Martin entered the majors in 1912 as the regular shortstop for the Yankees, when they were known as the New York Highlanders.

In 1914, he divided his playing time between the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.In a three-year career, Martin was a .237 hitter (144-for-608) with 66 runs and 43 RBI in 187 games, including 13 doubles, four triples, 20 stolen bases, and a .323 on-base percentage without home runs.

Following his playing retirement, Martin became a manager and coach in the minor leagues.He managed Jim Thorpe when Thorpe played for the 1916 Milwaukee Brewers in the American Association.

In 1954, Martin moved to Brick Township, New Jersey, where he lived out his twilight years.He was beloved and well known for helping his neighbors.

In 1978 was honored by the Brick Township council for being an inspiration to youth, as the Jack Martin Boulevard is named after him.

Martin suffered two heart attacks just after being introduced at the 34th annual New York Yankees Old-Timers' Day on June 21, 1980.

He died 13 days later after having been hospitalized at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York.At the time of his death, at age 93, Martin was the oldest living former Yankees and Phillies player.

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