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Ronald Barry "Whitey" Martin (born April 11, 1939) is a former NBA basketball player for the New York Knicks. Martin received his nickname "Whitey," because of bleach-blond hair color. In college, Martin was mainly known as an exceptional ballhandler and defensive player.[1] In a 1961 Sports Illustrated article, Martin was described as a "6-foot-2 sandy-haired senior with hands as quick as a nervous pickpocket."[2] Martin was drafted with the first pick in the second round of the 1961 NBA Draft. He played sixty-six games in the 1961-62 NBA season for the Knicks and averaged 3.4 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game.[3]

Whitey Martin
Personal information
Born (1939-04-11) April 11, 1939 (age 80)
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop Timon
(Buffalo, New York)
CollegeSt. Bonaventure (1958–1961)
NBA draft1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1961–1962
PositionPoint guard
Career history
1961–1962New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at


  1. ^ "Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame".
  2. ^ Cave, Ray. "St. Bonaventure Is Second-best".
  3. ^ "Whitey Martin NBA statistics".