Throughout a remarkable 18-season major league playing career at catcher, first base and third base, Torre compiled a .297 batting average, 2,342 hits, 252 home runs, and 1,185 RBI with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1960–68), St. Louis Cardinals (1969–74) and New York Mets (1975–77). He hit more than .300 five times, won the 1971 National League batting (.363) and RBI (137) titles and Most Valuable Player Award, the 1965 Gold Glove as catcher, and was a nine-time All-Star.
But it was exploits as a manager over more than 28 seasons that ensured his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. While Torre skippered the Mets from 1977 to 1981 (in 1977, briefly as a player-manager), Braves from 1982 to 1984 (earning AP Manager of the Year honors in ’82 for leading the team to the NL West division title), Cardinals (1990–95) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008–10), his dugout legacy was cemented during 12 seasons with the New York Yankees (1996–2007)—an amazing 1,173–767 record, four World Series titles (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000), six American League pennants and a playoff appearance every year. He was named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News in 1997 and AP Manager of the Year in 1998.
Since 2011, Torre has worked for the Major League Baseball as chief baseball officer, overseeing on-field operations, discipline and umpiring. He has co-authored two books: Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series and Joe Torre’s Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success.
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