Tippy Martinez Stats

Tippy Martinez was born on Wednesday, May 31, 1950, in La Junta, Colorado. Martinez was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 9, 1974, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Tippy Martinez baseball stats page.

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"It was Aunt Helen who gave Felix 'Tippy' Martinez his nickname as a younster. It was Earl Weaver who tried to give him an ulcer as a relief pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles. Feliz Anthony Martinez survived both the colorful name and his fire-breathing manager. He built a stellar athletic career that concluded in 1986 with him ranked as one of major league baseball's premier relief pitchers. He has had his share of honors through the years: all-state high school baseball pitcher, all-Western Conference hurler, charter member of the Colorado State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Now, Tippy has put the final trim on the package, entrance into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame." - Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (Dave Socier, 2003, 'Felix "Tippy" Martinez', Source )

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Tippy Martinez Autograph on a 1984 Donruss Baseball Card (#472 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1984don01' title='1984 Donruss Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Tippy Martinez Autograph on a 1984 Donruss Baseball Card (#472 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Felix Anthony Martinez
Nickname:
Tippy
Born On:
05-31-1950  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
La Junta, Colorado
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
La Junta High School (La Junta, CO)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
08-09-1974 (Age 24)
Last Game:
04-18-1988
Draft:
1969 : 35th Round (799th)

Tippy Martinez

Tippy Martinez Pitching Stats

1974 24 Yankees 10 0 4 0 0 .000 4.26 0 0 0 12.2 60 14 6 7 0 9 2 10 4 1 2 -
1975 25 Yankees 23 2 13 1 2 .333 2.68 0 0 8 37.0 167 27 11 15 2 32 3 20 5 1 1 -
1976 26 Yankees 11 0 3 2 0 1.000 1.93 0 0 2 28.0 108 18 6 6 1 14 0 14 0 0 1 -
1976 26 Orioles 28 0 18 3 1 .750 2.59 0 0 8 41.2 179 32 12 13 0 28 3 31 2 1 0 -
1977 27 Orioles 41 0 29 5 1 .833 2.70 0 0 9 50.0 210 47 15 17 2 27 2 29 3 0 1 -
1978 28 Orioles 42 0 16 3 3 .500 4.83 0 0 5 69.0 318 77 37 41 4 40 2 57 6 1 1 -
1979 29 Orioles 39 0 23 10 3 .769 2.88 0 0 3 78.0 318 59 25 29 0 31 4 61 6 1 0 -
1980 30 Orioles 53 0 26 4 4 .500 3.01 0 0 10 80.2 329 69 27 30 5 34 5 68 6 1 0 -
1981 31 Orioles 37 0 24 3 3 .500 2.90 0 0 11 59.0 248 48 19 21 4 32 6 50 3 0 0 -
1982 32 Orioles 76 0 44 8 8 .500 3.41 0 0 16 95.0 389 81 36 39 6 37 5 78 4 1 0 -
1983 33 Orioles 65 0 51 9 3 .750 2.35 0 0 21 103.1 406 76 27 30 10 37 3 81 6 0 0 -
1984 34 Orioles 55 0 42 4 9 .308 3.91 0 0 17 89.2 402 88 39 42 9 51 13 72 7 0 0 -
1985 35 Orioles 49 0 20 3 3 .500 5.40 0 0 4 70.0 312 70 42 48 8 37 8 47 5 0 0 -
1986 36 Orioles 14 0 5 0 2 .000 5.63 0 0 1 16.0 74 18 10 10 1 12 1 11 1 0 0 -
1988 38 Twins 3 0 2 0 0 .000 18.00 0 0 0 4.0 24 8 8 9 1 4 0 3 0 1 1 -
14 Years 546 2 320 55 42 .567 3.45 0 0 115 834.0 3,544 732 320 357 53 425 57 632 58 8 7 -

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Tippy Martinez Hitting Stats

1974 24 Yankees 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 25 Yankees 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 26 Yankees 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 26 Orioles 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 27 Orioles 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 28 Orioles 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 29 Orioles 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 30 Orioles 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 31 Orioles 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 32 Orioles 76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 33 Orioles 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1984 34 Orioles 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1985 35 Orioles 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1986 36 Orioles 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1988 38 Twins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
14 Years 548 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Tippy Martinez Fielding Stats

1974 Yankees P 10 0 38 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.42
1975 Yankees P 23 2 111 5 0.2 4 2 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.97
1976 Yankees P 11 0 84 10 0.9 10 2 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.21
1976 Orioles P 28 0 125 16 0.6 16 9 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.46
1977 Orioles P 41 0 150 14 0.3 14 2 12 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.52
1978 Orioles P 42 0 207 21 0.5 21 8 13 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.74
1979 Orioles P 39 0 234 18 0.5 17 4 13 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.96
1980 Orioles P 53 0 242 21 0.4 21 5 16 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.34
1981 Orioles P 37 0 177 19 0.5 16 3 13 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 2.44
1982 Orioles P 76 0 285 16 0.2 16 6 10 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.52
1983 Orioles P 65 0 310 28 0.4 28 5 23 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.44
1984 Orioles P 55 0 269 18 0.3 16 2 14 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.61
1985 Orioles P 49 0 210 20 0.4 19 9 10 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.44
1986 Orioles P 14 0 48 4 0.3 3 0 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.69
1988 Twins P 3 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
P Totals 546 2 2,502 212 0.4 203 58 145 9 13 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.19
14 Years 546 2 2,502 212 0.4 203 58 145 9 13 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.19

Tippy Martinez

Tippy Martinez Miscellaneous Stats

1974 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.11 7.11 6.39
1975 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.63 4.86 7.78
1976 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 4.50 4.50
1976 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.11 6.70 6.05
1977 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.07 5.22 4.86
1978 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.43 7.43 5.22
1979 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.97 7.04 3.58
1980 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.00 7.59 3.79
1981 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.56 7.63 4.88
1982 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.11 7.39 3.51
1983 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.19 7.05 3.22
1984 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.41 7.23 5.12
1985 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.27 6.04 4.76
1986 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.92 6.19 6.75
1988 Twins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.75 6.75 9.00
14 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.49 6.82 4.59

Tippy Martinez

Tippy Martinez Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1974 New York Yankees 40 $15,000.00 - -
1975 New York Yankees 40 $16,600.00 - -
1976 New York Yankees 40 , 18 $22,000.00 - -
1976 Baltimore Orioles 36 , 23 "     " - -
1977 Baltimore Orioles 23 $85,000.00 - -
1978 Baltimore Orioles 23 $85,000.00 - -
1979 Baltimore Orioles 23 $150,000.00 - Stats
1980 Baltimore Orioles 23 $150,000.00 - -
1981 Baltimore Orioles 23 $285,000.00 - -
1982 Baltimore Orioles 23 $285,000.00 - -
1983 Baltimore Orioles 23 $325,000.00 Stats Stats
1984 Baltimore Orioles 23 $350,000.00 - -
1985 Baltimore Orioles 23 $440,000.00 - -
1986 Baltimore Orioles 23 $487,078.00 - -
1988 Minnesota Twins 57 $440,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Tippy Martinez picked off a record setting three Toronto Blue Jays ( Barry Bonnell , Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw ) at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium?

The Orioles, having replaced both their starting catcher ( Rick Dempsey ) and his backup ( Joe Nolan ) while rallying to tie the game in the ninth inning, entered the tenth frame with reserve infielder Lenn Sakata in the game, behind the plate.

Three consecutive Blue Jays hitters reached first base (one being present when Tippy took the mound) and each one, thinking it would be easy to steal a base on Sakata , took a big lead. Martinez picked off all three baserunners, then became the winning pitcher when the Baltimore Orioles won the game on Sakata's home run in the bottom of the tenth inning.

The best play-by-play we have ever read was written by sportswriter Jim Seip in The Daily Record (04/02/2007, 'The manager kind of screwed up', Source ), an excerpt:

On Aug. 24, 1983 , the Orioles rallied from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Blue Jays. But, in order to generate offense, manager Joe Altobelli used two pinch hitters.

When the O's stranded Al Bumbry at second to end the ninth, Joe Altobelli had big problems. He had to shuffle his defense.

Instead of Rich Dauer playing third, the O's had Gary Roenicke .

"I don't think he'd ever seen third base in his life - including youth leagues," Martinez said.

And instead of playing John Lowenstein in the outfield, the left fielder stood at second base.

"He had the range of a dime," Martinez said.

And instead of Rick Dempsey behind the plate, Altobelli turned to utility infielder Lenn Sakata .

"I think Lenn was trying to start another career (at catching), but he wasn't going to do it at my expense," Martinez said.

The inning turned into a disaster, at least before Martinez stepped on the field.

Cliff Johnson homered off Tim Stoddard to give the Jays the lead. And Barry Bonnell singled to center.

Altobelli had seen enough. He gave the ball to Martinez.

"Everybody forgets I came into the game with a runner already on first," Martinez said.

Martinez knew Bonnell wanted to steal.

He knew Sakata probably wouldn't throw him out.

"All the factors just fell into place," Martinez said.

He caught Bonnell (64 career stolen bases) stealing.

One out.

Dave Collins walked.

And Martinez caught Collins (395 career stolen bases) leaning.

Two outs.

"(Toronto manager) Bobby Cox was in the dugout going crazy," Martinez said.

But the inning wasn't over.

Willie Upshaw singled to second base. Remember Lowenstein and his 10-cent range?

So another runner stood on first.

And Cox , one of the great major league cuss-out artists, was still going ballistic in the dugout.

But the O's patchwork defense still tempted the Jays.

Upshaw , under orders to stand two inches off first, took an unimpressive lead.

Knowing Upshaw might still attempt something, Martinez stretched the boundaries of the balk rule. He started his motion and, at the last minute, threw to first.

"I fudged it a little," Martinez said. "Just as I threw over to first, ( Upshaw ) was taking a step toward second base." [ Three Outs ]

And then it got really crazy.

Cal Ripken Jr. homered to tie the game, and Sakata won it with a three-run blast. Consider it Martinez's reward for pitching in front of such a poor defense.

Tippy Martinez was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles' Hall of Fame in 2000, alongside Eddie Watt and Jack Dunn III. The O's Hall of Fame is on display at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, and those who came before Tippy were: Brooks Robinson (1977), Frank Robinson (1977), Dave McNally (1978), Boog Powell (1979), Gus Triandos (1981), Luis Aparicio (1982), Mike Cuellar (1982), Mark Belanger (1983), Earl Weaver (1983), Paul Blair (1984), Paul Richards (1984), Milt Pappas (1985), Jim Palmer (1986), Ken Singleton (1986), Al Bumbry (1987), Steve Barber (1988), Jim Gentile (1989), Dick Hall (1989), Stu Miller (1989), Hank Bauer (1990), Scott McGregor (1990), Hal Brown (1991), Gene Woodling (1992), Don Buford (1993), Mike Flanagan (1994), George Bamberger (1995), Chuck Thompson (1995), Jerry Hoffberger (1996), Billy Hunter (1996), Cal Ripken, Sr. (1996), Harry Dalton (1997), Rick Dempsey (1997), Davey Johnson (1997), Bobby Grich (1998), Lee MacPhail (1998), Lee May (1998), Frank Cashen (1999) and Eddie Murray (1999). Tippy's plaque reads:

23 Tippy Martinez, LHP

TIPPY MARTINEZ, a durable left-hander, was the Orioles' all-time saves leader at the time of his retirement following the 1988 season. He came to Baltimore in a 10-player trade with New York during the 1976 season and pitched in more games for the Orioles than anyone but Jim Palmer . He set the club record with 76 appearances in 1982. Martinez led the team in saves for five seasons, 1980-1984. In 1983, he went 9-3 with 21 saves and a 2.35 ERA for the World Champions. Tippy pitched four shutout innings to win the final game of the 1983 ALCS, but he may be best remembered for a game that season in which he picked off three Toronto baserunners at first base in a single inning.

When Tippy Martinez took the field for the Minnesota Twins on April 5, 1988 , he was wearing #57 , the first time any player in Minnesota Twins History used that number.

Last-Modified: June 17, 2019 9:45 AM EST

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