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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 July 1940Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameJoseph Paul Torre
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nine-time All-Star Joe Torre, the 1971 National League Most Valuable Player and two time American League Manager of the Year, was born Joe Paul Torre, Jr. on July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joe Torre, Sr., who was a New York City police detective. In 1960, nine years after Joe's older brother Frank was signed by the Boston Braves, Joe Jr. was signed by the Braves (now relocated to Milwaukee) as an amateur free agent. Frank and Joe's father Joe Torre Sr. was a baseball scout for the Milwaukee Braves from 1955 through 1961, and for the Baltimore Orioles from 1962 until his death in 1971. Nineteen-year-old Joe Jr. came up with the Braves for a cup of coffee in 1960.

Frank Torre finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1963, the year baby brother Joe, a catcher, was breaking out as a star player for the Braves. hitting .293, slugging 14 home runs and batting in 71 runs. Joe was chosen for the All-Star team, but did not appear in the game. The following year, Joe was the starting catcher on the NL All-Star squad, putting up .321/20/109 for the year, with 193 hits and coming in #5 in MVP voting. It was the first of his five 100 RBI seasons. In 1965, he won a Gold Glove as catcher for fielding excellence.

During spring training 1969, Torre was traded by the now-Atlanta Braves to the St. Louis Cardinals for 1967 MVP Orlando Cepeda. IN 1971, Torre won his MVP for his finest offensive season, putting up .363/24/137 with 230 hits and leading the NL in batting average and RBI. After the 1974 season, the Cards traded Torre, now primarily a third baseman, to the New York Mets for Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore. He was promoted to player-manager in 1977, but quit as an active player half-way through the season to concentrate on managing.

It is as a manager that Joe Torre will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. As a manager, he won the 1982 NL West title with his old team, the Braves, but it was as manager of the Yankees under the mercurial George M. Steinbrenner III that he achieved managerial greatness. From 1996 through 2006, Torre's teams won the division all but twice and made the playoffs for all 13 seasons he has managed the Bronx Bombers (1996-2007). He has won over 2,000 games as a manager (passing Walter Alston for 8th place on the all-time wins list) and almost 1,200 games as Yankees manager in the nearly 4,000 games he has managed. Torre's Yankees teams have won four out of the six World Series he has guided them to.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (3)

Alice Wolterman (23 August 1987 - present) (1 child)
Dani (1968 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Jacqueline (October 1963 - 1967) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (30)

Named the 31st manager of the New York Yankees. He's the 4th man to manage both the Yankees and New York Mets. [November 1995]
Made major league debut as a catcher with the Milwaukee Braves. [September 1960]
Made major league managerial debut. [May 1977]
1971 National League MVP.
Had a .297 batting average with 2,342 hits, 252 home runs, and 1,185 RBI's in a 17-year career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Mets.
He is the co-author of two books: Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series (Bantam 1997,1998), a memoir, and Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success (Hyperion 1999).
His sister, Marguerite, is a nun who teaches at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Elementary School in Queens, New York.
Holds the record for most home runs (36) in a single season (1966) by a Braves catcher.
In March 1999, after a routine test, Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was operated on, and after a two-month recuperation, returned to the Yankees that May.
Married wife Ali in St. Patrick's cathedral six years to the day after they met. They met at Stouffer's Hotel in Cincinnati where Ali was working as a waitress. When they met, Ali was 23; Torre 41.
Named his daughter Andrea Rae after his sister, Rae.
Hit the first home run given up by future Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan in September of 1966.
Led the National League in batting (.363) and runs batted in (137) during his MVP season in 1971.
Played at 225 pounds through 1969, then lost 25 pounds in the spring of 1970 and has maintained that weight ever since.
Acquired by the Mets in October of 1974 for pitchers Tommy Moore and Ray Sadecki.
Wound up managing all three teams he played for: the Mets (1977-1981); Braves (1982-1984); and Cardinals (1990-1995).
Hit into four double plays in one game in 1975 while with the Mets.
Made the last out for the Cardinals when the Mets clinched the National League's Eastern Division title on September 24, 1969.
Traded by the Braves to the Cardinals in March of 1969 for 1967 MVP Orlando Cepeda. Was very nearly traded to the Mets instead, but the two sides could not agree on who the Mets should give up and the trade was cancelled.
Lives in Harrison, Westchester, New York.
Has managed the Yankees to four World Series championships - 1996, 1998-2000 - but has lost in his two most recent trips to the series, in 2001 to the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2003 to the Florida Marlins. He also earned the dubious distinction of being manager of the 2004 Yankees team that threw away a 3-0 series lead en route to an unprecedented 4-3 defeat in the AL Pennant to the Boston Red Sox.
Wife Ali Torre is one of 16 children.
Made major league debut as a pinch hitter with the Milwaukee Braves. [September 1960]
Younger brother of Frank Torre.
Became the new manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (November 2007).
(November 1) Agrees to a three-year, $13 million managerial contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torre, the winningest manager in postseason history, rejected a one-year contract with the New York Yankees that would have cut his base salary and added incentives in the wake of the team being ousted in the playoffs. [2007]
Release of his book, "The Yankee Years" by Joe with Tom Verducci. [2009]
Release of his book, "Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series: An Autobiography" by Joe with Tom Verducci. [1997]
Release of his book, "Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks and Success" by Joe with Henry Dreher. [1999]
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2014.

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