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Before 1961 Season: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent.
January 20, 1965: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Cleveland Indians with Tommy John and John Romano to the Chicago White Sox. The Chicago White Sox sent Cam Carreon to the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago White Sox sent a player to be named later, Mike Hershberger and Jim Landis to the Kansas City Athletics. The Kansas City Athletics sent Rocky Colavito to the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago White Sox sent Fred Talbot (February 10, 1965) to the Kansas City Athletics to complete the trade.
December 15, 1967: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Al Weis to the New York Mets for Buddy Booker, Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher and Billy Wynne.
Relationships with many of his teammates remained sour, and he notes that of the team’s black players, only Willie Randolph reached out. “The rest . . . I felt they were always supporting the other side. I couldn’t understand it. Most of the black players on our team did not support me, and that hurt.”
Martin had problems with certain African-American players: Reggie, Billy Sample and Elliott Maddox.
I never understood as a kid why the Yankees didn't use Holtzman. I assumed he was at the end of his rope but he was a stud with Oakland and the Cubs.
It's too bad the Mets also passed on Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee, and as a result never won a pennant until 1986
And as #26 says, Reggie Jackson is not an entirely trustworthy source on the subject of Reggie Jackson.
It wasn't just that Jones was found in a van with a woman [...] There's no way to know what the reaction would have been had the woman not also been white
“The rest . . . I felt they were always supporting the other side. I couldn’t understand it. Most of the black players on our team did not support me, and that hurt.”
Martin was very hard to figure. Sure, he had problems with black players like Reggie, Maddox, and Sample (for reasons that remain unknown) and then he had great relationships with other black players like Rickey Henderson and Lenny Randle. Rickey had some of his best seasons playing for Martin and loved playing for him. And Randle swears by Martin to this day.
Martin was very hard to figure.
It wasn't just that Jones was found in a van with a woman who was not his wife; he was found naked in a van with a naked woman who was not his wife. There's no way to know what the reaction would have been had the woman not also been white, but I think it's safe to assume the team would try to force some kind of amends out of Jones for the simple charge of indecent exposure.
"I mean, they were judging me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin. The nerve."
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