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Robert Gordon Martyn
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 176 lb.
- School Linfield College
- Debut June 18, 1957
- Final Game April 10, 1959
- Born August 15, 1930 in Weiser, ID USA
 Biographical Information
 College career
“Bob” is an alumni of Linfield College. His father, Bernard Martyn, aunt, Lillian Turner Millsap and uncle, Bill Turner also attended Linfield, therefore it could be said that attending Linfield was something of a family tradition. Bob’s first year at Linfield was 1948. He attended the college not only because much of his family went there, but also because it was affiliated with the Baptist church he went to. Although he played shortstop at high school in Twin Falls, ID, baseball coach Henry Lever immediately changed his position to outfielder. Martyn once said of the change, “That was probably a major break for my future.”
Academically, Martyn double-majored in mathematics and sociology and he graduated cum laude. While playing professional baseball, he earned hismasters degree in education in 1959, studying between seasons.
 Playing career
 Minor leagues
 Major leagues
He was sent to the Athletics in a trade that took place on June 15, 1957. The Yankees sent Martyn, Woodie Held, Billy Martin and Ralph Terry to the Athletics for Ryne Duren, Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson.
Just three days after the trade, Martyn made his big league debut, on June 18, 1957. Facing the Washington Senators, Martyn – playing in right field – went 1-4 with a walk in his first big league game. Overall in his first big league season, he hit .267 in 58 games. In 131 at-bats, he hit one home run and drove in 12 RBI.
The following year, Martyn appeared in 95 games, hitting .261 in 226 at-bats. That year, he was sixth in the league with seven triples and ninth in the league with five intentional walks.
Despite having two respectable seasons in a row prior to 1959, 1959 would end up being his final year in the majors. He appeared in only one game, getting only one at-bat. In his final big league at-bat, pinch-hitting for Bob Grim, he grounded out.
His playing career was interrupted by two years in military service (missing all of the entire 1953 season).
Overall, Martyn played in 154 big league games. In 358 at-bats, he hit .263 with three home runs and 35 RBI. He hit 12 doubles and 11 triples, scoring 35 runs and stealing two bases (while being caught stealing seven times).