MARTIN CRIBBAGE ASSOCIATION
MCA WORLD TITLE:
MCA HALL of FAME
Richard Lavon (Dick)
The Cribbage Master of
November 6, 1924 ~ February 21, 2001
"I wouldn't want to be in your
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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