Debut: Round 8, 1902 v Geelong, aged 17 years, 298 days
Carlton Player No. 136
Last game: Round 15, 1902 v Melbourne, aged 17 years, 361 days
DOB: 20 August, 1884
Perhaps this was a story of 'one that got away'. Although starting his career with Carlton in 1902 after being recruited from Carlton Juniors, for the modest return of 6 games, 'Bull' Martin played in the big league for a further 8 years in between 1907 and 1914, with both Essendon and Fitzroy, including representing the Bombers against Carlton in the 1908 Grand Final.
He played in Essendon's 1912 premiership side and after playing his last game for Essendon in Round 9, 1913 then turned out with Fitzroy in Round 12 and was a member of their 1913 premiership side, two premierships in two years with two different clubs. His last Fitzroy and league game was in their losing 1914 Semi final side against Carlton.
Martin played 95 games and booted 71 goals for the Bombers from 1907 to 1913, then he later played 27 games and kicked 16 goals for the Lions.
Martin was born in Carlton, he passed away on the 12th October, 1940 aged 56.
LinksArticles: The Fish that Got Away
Blueseum: Summary of playing statistics for Jim Martin | Martin's Blueseum Image Gallery