An All-Star catcher in the 1960s, Torre moved to third base during the 1971 season and won the NL MVP award, leading the league with a .363 batting average and 137 RBI. He finished his playing career with a .297 average, 252 HR and 1,185 RBI.
He began his managerial career in 1977 with the Mets, his last team for which he played. The Mets' best finish was fourth place in the second half of the strike-shortened 1981 season.
Moving to Atlanta the following season, he rode a 13-0 start to the division title, finishing 89-73. The Braves finished second the following two seasons, although a mediocre 80-82 record in 1984 led to his dismissal. He went on to become a popular Angels broadcaster.
In August 1990, Torre returned to the bench as manager of the St. Louis
Cardinals, Torre guided St. Louis to a respectable 84-78 finish in 1991,
good for second place behind the Pirates in the NL East.
The team won 83 the following year and 87 in 1993, finishing third in the
division both times. But in 1994, the Cards tied for third in the new NL
Central after a 53-61 record and after a 20-27 start to the 1995 season
Torre was fired in favor of Mike Jorgensen.
The Yankees, who had finished second in the AL East under Buck Showalter,
hired Torre to lead the club in 1996. Torre was happy to get a chance to return home
to the New York area, and proved to be up to the task of managing in the
In just his first year with the club, Torre led the Yankees to a 92-70
finish and after a tumultuous post-season (during which Torre's brother
Frank lay in a NYC hospital awaiting heart surgery) his team vanquished the
Atlanta Braves for the Yankees' first championship since 1978.
Torre and the Yankees won 96 games in 1997, but lost a heart-wrenching
five-game series to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. Fueled by
this disappointment, the Yankees put together a historic 1998 season.
Torre's calm, laid-back manner was a perfect fit for the club's collection
of self-motivated veterans, and New York ran away from their competition for
an American League-record 114 wins and a clean sweep of the Padres in the World Series.
The 1999 version of the Yankees, although less potent than the 1998 club, won 98 games and demolished the Braves in the World Series.
With a lesser impressive Won-Loss record in 2000 (87-74) than in 1999, the Yankees bowled over the Mets in the World Series in five games to become Three-Peat Winners. Four of the games were won by a margin of a single run and the fifth by two runs - a close Series.
Torre brought the Yankees to the World Series in 2001, losing out to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games. In 2002 Joe's Yankees again captured the American League East crown.