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Martin, Ben(jamin S.) 1921-2004

MARTIN, Ben(jamin S.) 1921-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born June 28, 1921, in Prospect Park, PA; died of complications from a heart attack July 24, 2004, in Colorado Springs, CO. Athletic coach, broadcaster, and author. Martin was a former football coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy and later became a sports broadcaster. A U.S. Navy veteran who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, his first job was as an assistant football coach for his school in Annapolis. He became head football coach at the University of Virginia from 1956 to 1958, and then accepted the job at the Air Force Academy. While coach, Martin led his team to three bowl games—the Cotton Bowl, the Gator Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl, with a record of 0-2-1. Retiring from coaching in 1977, he became a broadcaster for ABC Sport for a time and, from 1987 until 2002, worked as a radio analyst for his old Air Force team. He was the author of two books, both published in 1961: Ben Martin's Flexible-T Offense and Football End Play.



Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2004, p. B7.

New York Times, August 1, 2004, p. A23.

Washington Post, July 29, 2004, p. B5.

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