People: Aug. 22, 1969

"I hit him five or six times in the stomach. Then I hit him in the head, and when he came off the wall I hit him again. He was out before he hit the ground." Mike Hammer? Not quite. That was Manager Billy Martin talking about a fraternal misunderstanding among his Minnesota Twins, baseball's bad boys who have recently been trying to reform (TIME, Aug. 15). Martin, no stranger to donnybrooks during his playing days as a New York Yankee, explained it this way: the boys were sitting around a bar in Detroit...

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