Pepper Martin
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1904
Date of Death: 1965
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Baseball player
Parents: George
Spouse: Ruby Pope
Children: Mary
Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals;
Sacramento Solons;
Numerous others
Fictional Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): End of the Beginning
Type of Appearance: Direct

Johnny Leonard Roosevelt "Pepper" Martin was an American professional baseball player and minor league manager. He was known as the Wild Horse of the Osage because of his daring, aggressive baserunning abilities. Martin played as third baseman and outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1930s and early 1940s. He was best known for his heroics during the 1931 World Series, in which he was the catalyst in a Cardinals' upset victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.

Martin was an integral member of the Cardinals' teams of the 1930s that became known as the Gashouse Gang for their roguish behavior and practical jokes. Early in his career, he was labeled by some contemporary press reports as the next Ty Cobb because of his spirited, hustling style of play. However, because his headlong attitude on the playing field took a physical toll on his body, he never lived up to those initial expectations. After the end of his playing career, he continued his career in baseball as a successful minor league baseball manager.

Pepper Martin in Days of Infamy[]

Pepper Martin played a dual role as manager and first baseman of the Sacramento Solons in 1942. During a game at Lane Field against the San Diego Padres, Martin stepped out of his position, to intervene in an argument which his opposite number, Cedric Durst, was having with the umpire.[1]