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Joe Martin: The man behind the stadium

Hall of Fame manager led Bellingham Bells to 20 state championships

Longtime Bellingham Bells Manager Joe Martin poses with national and state National Baseball Congress League trophies in 1947. Martin led the Bells to 20 Washington state championships and two third-place national finishes from 1942–73.
Longtime Bellingham Bells Manager Joe Martin poses with national and state National Baseball Congress League trophies in 1947. Martin led the Bells to 20 Washington state championships and two third-place national finishes from 1942–73.
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor
Long before the Bellingham Bells — as we know them now — were filling Joe Martin Stadium with ba

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