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Happy Birthday To New Rochelle's Joe Torre

Joe Torre turns 76 on Monday.
Joe Torre turns 76 on Monday. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to New Rochelle's Joe Torre, formerly of Harrison.

The New York Yankees former manager whose storied career includes playing as a catcher, first baseman and third basemen and who rents an estate in New Rochelle, turns 76 on Monday.

Joseph Paul Torre was born July 18, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of five children. His father was a New York City police officer.

He is a professional baseball executive, serving as Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer since 2011. A former player, manager and television color commentator, Torre ranks fifth all-time in MLB history with 2,326 wins as a manager.

With 2,342 hits during his playing career, Torre is the only major leaguer to achieve both 2,000 hits and 2,000 wins as a manager.

Torre's baseball career began in 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves and he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets until becoming a manager in 1977, when he briefly served as the Mets' player-manager.

His managerial career covered 29 seasons, including tenures with the same three clubs for which he played, and the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, until 2010.

From 1984 to 1989, he served as a television color commentator for the California Angels and NBC. After retiring as a manager, he accepted a role assisting the Commissioner of Baseball as the executive vice president of baseball operations.

A nine-time All-Star, Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in.[

Torre's greatest success came as manager of the Yankees. His clubs  made the playoffs every year, winning four World Series titles, six American League pennants, and 10 AL East division titles.

In 1996 and 1998, he was the American League Manager of the Year. He also won two National League West division titles with the Dodgers for a total of 13 division titles. In 2014, Torre was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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