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Richard Lavon (Dick) Martin

The Cribbage Master of the MCA
November 6, 1924 ~ February 21,  2001

"I wouldn't want to be in your position"

         The Martin Cribbage Association would not be in existence without the training and patience of the Cribbage master.  Richard Lavon Martin was born to Floyd and Gladys Martin in Nampa Idaho in 1924 middle child of three.  Known at an early age as Dick, he grew up and joined the navy to serve the USA during WW II.  During his time there he learned the navy game of cribbage.  Cribbage is a game enjoyed on ships in both American and British maritimes.  The game he learned with its special rule modifications he brought back with him to the civilian world.  Later as a family man he taught this game to all in his family including to all seven children and many of his grandchildren.  There were many arguments about his rules when playing extended family members and friends.  The biggest modification was the word "nibs" when the cribbage world at large uses the word "nobs" for the extra point when counting a hand regarding the jack having the same suit as the starter card.  Dick always insisted that "his nibs" is the correct term and in the MCA it will always be used that way.  Dick also always insisted in playing the game with "gentlemen" considerations.  He always considered the muggins rule to be cutthroat and not sportsmenlike.  As a result in the MCA no muggins rule is allowed.  It is the "gentlemenly" responsibility of every player to insist that all hands are counted correctly and to help your opponent count their hand if necessary.  Certainly an attitude that has served the MCA well over the years especially when younger players are involved.  Dick entered the Hall of fame as a Three-Time MCA World Champion and participated in the Thanksgiving Tournament 29 times winning it twice including the first Tournament played in 1970 and again in 1989.  He finished in the top three six times and won a total of 45 tournament games.  In spite of 5 toilet bowls Dick was always competitive and was always a tough match for anyone.  The one player he couldn't seem to ever beat in the tournament was his beloved "Matriarch" wife Joan.  Dick used to say that he was always a contender as long as he didn't have to play Joan.  That sentiment turned out to be true almost all of the time.  Dick will always be fondly remembered for making the statement during any close game turning towards home on the cribbage board as saying "I wouldn't want to be in your position."

Dan Martin MCA President



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