NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Joseph Paul Torre!
Joseph Paul Torre, a long time New Rochelle resident, turns 74 on Friday.
Torre, a professional baseball executive and former baseball manager and player, was born July 18, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. A nine-time All-Star, he was a Major League Baseball catcher, first baseman and third baseman for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals during his playing career. Torre won the 1971 National League Most Valuable Player Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in (RBI).
After his retirement as a player in 1977, Torre managed the same three teams for which he played, before leading the New York Yankees and ending his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He briefly served as a player-manager for the Mets in 1977. Torre's most successful stint as a manager came with the Yankees, whom he led from 1996 to 2007. With 2,326 wins, he is fifth all-time in MLB history for wins as a manager. After retiring as Dodgers manager, Torre took on a new MLB role, working with Commissioner Bud Selig as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
In 2007, Torre was the first recipient of the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. In September 2009, Torre was named Sporting News Manager of the Decade. In December 2009, Sports Illustrated named Torre as the Best Manager of the Decade. Torre was unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee on December 9, 2013. He will be inducted on July 27, 2014.