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January 13, 1978

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On January 13, 1978, Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy dies at the age of 90. Known as “Marse Joe,” McCarthy won seven World Series and compiled the highest winning percentage in major league history.

December 25, 1989

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On December 25, 1989, former New York Yankees and Oakland A’s manager Billy Martin dies in a car accident at the age of 51. Martin, a five-time Yankee manager under owner George Steinbrenner, was rumored to be a candidate to replace current Yankee skipper Lou Piniella. During a 16-year career, Martin forged a record of 1253-1013, led his teams to five divisional titles, and guided the Yankees to the 1977 World Championship.
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