Sports — 13 January 2018
‘70s-‘80s ‘baller, Edward “Peel Bat” Martin passes

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018– We received the sad news yesterday of the recent passing of a prominent Belize City footballer from the 1970s-80s, Edward “Peel Bat” Martin, who was a flank defender on Belize City 1975-76 champion team Berger 404, and later 1981-82 national champion, Belikin, under legendary player/coach Cristobal Mayen.

Peel Bat was a cool brother, who played a tough defense, but was never one to get involved in quarrels or conflicts on or off the field, from what we observed over a number of years watching him perform and playing against him on the MCC.

In recent years, I often saw him on North Front Street, across from Rhaburn’s Alley, where he hung out with friends playing cards or dominoes; and we never passed each other without hailing. Those friends say they will be having a wake there on Friday, and the funeral should be on Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church on Cemetery Road near Gwen Liz High School.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  Respect, and rest in peace, brother Edward “Peel Bat” Martin.

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