ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1975. The New York Yankees hired Billy Martin to replace Bill Virdon as manager of the Bronx Bombers.
Martin, 47, the former scrappy Yankee second baseman will be coming home for the first time since his 1957 trade to the Kansas City Athletics.
He will lead the Yankees to a 30-26 record down the stretch in 1975. In 1976 he will lead the Bombers to a 97-62 record, their first-ever AL East title, and first AL pennant since 1964.