In May of 1957, several Yankee players went out on the town to celebrate Billy Martin's 29th birthday. A mix of players and wives were in the entourage of celebrants that wound up at famous New York hot spot, the Copacabanna at 10 East 60th Street.Yogi Berra's wife, Carmen, had ordered a cake for the occasion, and she made the point that this was Billy's last chanceto celebrate before hegets old!The pastry chef at the Waldorf baked Billy's cake, andMartin was toasted frequently during and after the birthday dinner. The revelers had already made a couple of additional stops before arriving at the Copa for the late show that featured Sammy Davis, Jr. A couple of the Yankees might have already arrived at what Casey Stengel called "whiskey slick" status. Something happened that night that...

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