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Joe Torre

  • Sport: Baseball
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

One of the most feared hitting catchers and third-basemen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a manager for the Yankees, he has taken his team to four world Championships.

“When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win I can’t sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better.” –Joe Torre

Joe Torre was one of the most feared hitting catchers and third-basemen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was named the National League’s MVP in 1971, when he collected 230 hits with 137 RBIs with a .363 batting average, and was one of just four catchers to five 100 RBI seasons. He had a lifetime batting average of .297 during a 17-year career, slamming 252 home(space)runs with 2,342 hits as a member of the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and NY Mets. He was a nine time All-Star.

After retiring as a player in 1977, Torre began managing the Mets, which he did until 1981. He moved on to manage the Braves in 1982, and took them to a Western Division title, ending a 13-year drought for the team. He left the Braves in 1984 for a short but successful stint in broadcasting with the California Angels. Torre returned to managing in 1990 and led the St. Louis Cardinals until 1995. In 1996, the Brooklyn native came home to New York, and has led the New York Yankees to four World Champions in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.(no 1997)

Torre is the only person to ever manage a team to three World Championships without a defeat. He received Manager of the Year honors in 1997 and 1999, and is a sure candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.