August 4, 1845|
New York, New York
|Died: May 24, 1933
Hollis, New York
|April 26, 1872 for the Troy Haymakers|
Last MLB appearance
|October 21, 1873 for the New York Mutuals|
|Runs batted in||37|
Martin, born in New York, New York, and an American Civil War veteran, played in organized baseball as far back as 1869 when he pitched for the Brooklyn Eckfords. That year, a reporter for the New York Clipper described him as an "extremely hard pitcher to hit for the ball never comes in a straight line‚ but in a tantalizing curve." If the observation is true, this would pre-date Candy Cummings, the pitcher given credit as the inventor of the curveball. His pitching style led to his nickname of "Old Slow Ball".
Martin officially began his professional baseball career when he joined the 1872 Troy Haymakers of the National Association as a pitcher and right fielder, playing in 25 games, pitching in eight of those games. Later in the season, he returned to the Eckfords, now also in the Association, and played in the same pitcher/outfielder role for 18 games. That year, he is given credit for managing the Eckfords for nine games, with a record of 1 win and 8 losses. There is a level of dispute on this, sabr and retrosheet.org list Andy Allison, Jimmy Wood, and Martin as managing the team that year, while baseball-reference.com list Jim Clinton and Wood as the managers. For the 1873 season, he joined the New York Mutuals, which turned out to be his last season at this level. He played 30 games in the right field, and pitched six games.
- "Phonney Martin's Stats". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "Civil War Veterans Who Played Major League Baseball Project". sabr.org. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "Charlton's Baseball Chronology - 1869". baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- Fox (1998). Big Leagues: Professional Baseball, Football, and Basketball in National Memory. p. 201.
- "1872 Brooklyn Eckfords". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "1872 Brooklyn Eckfords". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- "Phonney Martin". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
|Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
April 24, 1928 – May 24, 1933