Billy Martin's Upstate New York Estate Up For Auction

Lou DiPietro
June 26, 2020 - 10:41 am

A large piece of Yankees history is now up for auction: former multiple-time manager Billy Martin’s palatial estate in upstate New York.

Bids for Martin’s 84.58 acre property in Port Crane, N.Y., just northeast of Binghamton, start at $500,000 plus a 10 percent buyers’ premium. Its listing brokers are Michael R. Franklin of Franklin Ruttan Unique Property Specialists in Syracuse, N.Y., and Michael DeRosa of Michael DeRosa Exchange in New York City, and the property can be viewed at

The auction will be accepting bids until Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

The property, named “Billy Martin’s Private Lake” after the eight-acre pond on site, includes a 5,187-square foot house with four bedrooms – including a 1600-square foot master bedroom suite – and 3 ½ baths, as well as an 1120-square foot barn. It was built in 1960 and renovated in 2000, according to the listing, and has a total of 14 rooms in the main three-level house.

Other highlights include a pair of kitchens, a bedroom called “The Mickey Mantle Suite,” a large office, lake views from many of several balconies and porches/decks, and, perhaps the piece de resistance: a gold-plated urinal in the master bathroom.

Martin, who once said “I may not have been the greatest Yankee, but I was the proudest,” spent seven of his 11 years in MLB in pinstripes, and served five stints as manager of the club between 1975 and 1988 amidst a contentious-yet-loving relationship with owner George Steinbrenner. He won five World Series as a player and manager with the club, and his No. 1 is retired in Monument Park.

Alfred Manuel Martin, Jr. passed away on Christmas Day 1989 at the age of 61, after his pickup truck skidded into a drainage culvert near the entrance to the driveway of the Port Crane home. Martin was interred in Gate of Heaven cemetery in Westchester, and the Port Crane home was later owned by novelist Rhoda Lerman, who passed away in 2015.

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