Torre, Joe

Torre, Joe

(Joseph Paul Torre, Jr.), 1940–, American baseball player and manager, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Torre first played major league ball as a catcher for the Milwaukee Braves (1960–68), then moved (1969–75) to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1971 he led the National League in batting and was named the league's most valuable player. Traded to the New York Mets in 1975, he retired from active play two years later; he then managed (1977–81) the team, but did not have a single winning season. He later skippered (1982–84) the Atlanta Braves, was a sportscaster in the later 1980s, and managed (1990–95) the St. Louis Cardinals. Hired (1995) by the New York Yankees, Torre led the team to a dozen consecutive American League playoffs (1996–2007) and four World Series titles (1996, 1998–2000), and became baseball's highest-paid manager. After the 2007 season, Torre declined the Yankees' offer of a one-year contract and became (2007–10) the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager.

Bibliography

See his Chasing the Dream (1997) and The Yankee Years (2008).

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Seasonal hits POS PLAYER YEAR ADJ-H REAL-H RP ([dagger]) 1T Alou, Felipe 1968 253 210 193T 1T Torre, Joe 1971 253 230 34T 3 Alou, Matty 1969 252 231 30T 4T Rose, Pete 1968 251 210 193T 4T Rose, Pete 1973 251 230 34T 6 Sisler, George 1920 250 257 1 7 Musial, Stan 1946 249 228 40T 8 Hornsby, Rogers 1920 244 218 97T 9T Carew, Rod 1977 242 239 15T 9T Lajoie, Nap 1910 242 227 42T 11T Hornsby, Rogers 1922 241 250 5T 14T Sisler, George 1922 239 246 8 18T Suzuki, Ichiro * 2001 238 242 9 32T Manush, Heinie 1928 234 241 10T 39T Simmons, Al 1925 231 253 4 54T Cobb, Ty 1911 226 248 7 54T O'Doul, Lefty 1929 226 254 2T 66T Terry, Bill 1930 224 254 2T 154T Klein, Chuck 1930 215 250 5T 213T Herman, Babe 1930 211 241 10T d.