Joe Torre was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 primarily due to his incredible career managing the Yankees, but also as a great player and being one of the most successful men in MLB history. Torre is the only person to ever get 2,000 hits as a player and win 2,000 games as a manager. As a player, Torre spent a majority of his career with the Braves and Cardinals where he was an All-Star nine times. Torre played over 500 games at first base, third base, and catcher, winning a Gold Glove in 1965.
Torre’s best season as a player came in 1971 when he was named the National League MVP. Torre led the league that year in hitting and RBIs with an average of .363 and 137 RBI. Torre finished his career with the New York Mets, playing two full seasons before taking over as the player-manager for the team in 1977. Torre was only the player-manager for 18 days before deciding that he needed to focus on managing and ended his playing career at the age of 36. He managed the Mets for five seasons and took other managerial roles with the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals before finally becoming the manager of the New York Yankees in 1996-2000. In Joe Torre’s first season as manager, he was named AL Manager of the Year and he led the Yankees to their first World Series title since 1981. The Yankees went on to win 4 World Series in his first five seasons at the helm with 1997 being the only year that they did not win. He won the manager of the year award again in 1998 after leading the Yankees to a then American League record 114 wins. Torre spent twelve seasons managing the Yankees and the team made the playoffs in each of those years. After some disputes over his contract, Torre left the Yankees to manage the Dodgers in 2008 and held that position for three seasons before retiring.
Joe Torre is really a rare example of a former great player transitioning to a managerial career that is just as good if not better. Torre is beloved in most of the places that he had been but probably nowhere more than in New York with the Yankees. Torre’s No. 6 has been retired by the Yankees and his fans can now get that jersey signed by the former great manager, amongst other autographed collectibles that are offered at sportmemorablia.com. These Torre signed memorabilia are 100% certified authentic and are sure to increase in value over time.
Collecting Joe Torre Memorabilia