On December 16, 1983, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fires manager Billy Martin for the third time. The fiery Martin, who moves up to the front office after his team finished in third place (91-71).

He is replaced by Yankee legend Yogi Berra who is hired for the second time to manage the Yankees. “I’m a Yankee. This is my home. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 17 years old. What other job could I do?” said Berra. 

The Hall of Famer’s self-exile from Yankee Stadium will last for nearly 15 seasons after he is dismissed 16 games into the 1985 season despite receiving assurances from owner Steinbrenner that would not happen. He will be replaced by Billy Martin.

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Yogi Berra

Billy Martin

George Steinbrenner

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