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On November 2, 1995, Joe Torre was named manager of the New York Yankees. In becoming the 31st manager in team history, he joined Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra and Dallas Green as the fourth skipper to wear both Yankee and New York Met uniforms. He guided the 2003 Yankees to their eight consecutive playoff appearance and 6th World Series appearance in 8 years.
The 2000 title was the 26th overall for the Yankees, the most of any team in professional sports. They are just the third team to win four titles in five years, the other two also being Yankees' teams. The Bronx Bombers captured four straight titles beginning in 1936 and later won five consecutive championships from 1949-53. The Yankees also became the first team since the Oakland Athletics from 1972-74 to win three straight world titles.
Joe Torre led the 1996 Yankees to their first World Series title since 1978. The Sporting News named him "Sportsman of the Year." The Baseball Writers Association of America also named him "Co-American League Manager of the Year." After a return to post-season competition in 1997, he led the Yankees to 114 wins during the 1998 regular season, an American League record, and a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series. Once again, Joe Torre was named "American League Manager of the Year," and the season earned him his second AP Manager of the Year Award. In the 1999 series, the Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves, winning 12 straight World Series games.
During his seventeen-year playing career, Joe Torre compiled a .297 batting average, 2,342 hits, 252 home runs, and 1,185 RBI's while playing for Milwaukee, Atlanta, St. Louis, and the Mets. He hit over .300 five times in his career, and was a nine-time All-Star.
In 1971, Joe Torre was the National League MVP as a member of the Cardinals. By leading the league with a .363 batting average, 230 hits, 137 RBI's and 352 total bases, he became the first player to lead the NL in four offensive categories since Stan Musial captured eight in 1948.
Joe Torre was named catcher on The Sporting News All-Star Team from 1964-1966. He received the NL Gold Glove Award in 1965. He hit the first regular season home run in Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, and holds the record for most home runs (36) in a single season (1966) by a Braves catcher.
Joe Torre made his managerial debut on May 31, 1977, when he became the first player-manager in the majors since 1959. He became the Mets full-time skipper eighteen days later. In 1982, he was named AP Manager of the Year for leading the Atlanta Braves to a division title.
Before returning to manage the St. Louis Cardinals from 1990-1995, Joe Torre spent nearly six seasons as a television broadcaster for the California Angels.
Joe Torre is the co-author of two books: Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series (Bantam 1997,1998), a memoir, and the inspirational management guide, Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success (Hyperion 1999.)
Joe Torre is involved with several charities including the Starlight Children's Foundation, the American Heart Association and CaP Cure, an organization that raises money for prostate cancer research. In November of 2003, in memory of his mother, Margaret, the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation was established to benefit victims of domestic violence. The Safe at Home Foundation's guiding principle is that every child has the right to be safe at home.
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