Oh Billy

You find a lot of strange stuff when you read as many baseball books as I have these last few years.

From “The Last Yankee,” on Billy Martin. Martin’s out touring Japan with the Eddie Lopat All-Stars, and is rooming with Hank Sauer.

Billy had struck up a friendship with a beautiful Japanese actress and one night, as this friendship progressed, Billy asked Sauer to stay away from the room they shared until around midnight. “So of course I did,” Sauer said, “but when I came back and unlocked the door, Billy’s still there with this actress – and someone was sitting at the foot of the bed. Billy couldn’t speak Japanese and this gal couldn’t speak English – so they had an interpreter there with them! It was a helluva sight.”