Joe Torre

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Joe Torre
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Torre in 2015
Catcher / First baseman / Third baseman / Manager
Born: (1940-07-18) July 18, 1940 (age 82)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 25, 1960, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 1977, for the New York MetsDatesRef
American League champion 6 1996, 19982001, 2003 [102] [103] [104]
MLB division champion13 1982, 1996, 19982006, 2008, 2009 [105]
National League batting champion 1 1971
World Series champion 4 1996, 19982000
Honors received
Act of honor bestowedDateRef
National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee 2014 [106]
New York Yankees #6 retiredAugust 23, 2014 [107]
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame inducteeAugust 27, 2016 [99]


Film and television appearances

Torre appeared as himself in the broadcast booth in the 1990 film Taking Care of Business , which showed a fictional World Series between the Angels and the Chicago Cubs. He appeared as himself in a 1996 episode of Cosby.

In the 1997 TV movie Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way , Torre was played by Paul Sorvino.

Torre also was featured as the "Voice of the Yankees' Manager" in the 2006 animated feature Everyone's Hero . [116] Torre's character manages a team that includes a fictional Babe Ruth.

Torre appeared with Willie Randolph in a set of Subway commercials, highlighting the pun of Subway and the Subway Series which Torre, then as Yankees manager, took part with Randolph, then as Mets manager.

During the 2008 season, Torre appeared in TV ads for State Farm Insurance, poking fun at both himself and Hollywood stereotypes. [117] [118]

On June 15, 2009, Torre was a guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien [119] and has made appearances on Sesame Street , Castle [120] and Gary Unmarried . Torre also appeared as himself in the 2002 Mafia comedy Analyze That starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. [121]

Torre appeared in the 2022 sports documentary The Captain , covering Jeter's life and career. [122] </ref>

Thoroughbred racing horse owner

A thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast, Torre is a part owner of several horses. [123] Game On Dude is a retired thoroughbred who is one of the top older handicap horses in the United States. [124] He also was a part-owner of Sis City, winner of the 2005 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Race Course. She was the dominant three-year-old filly that year until finishing fourth in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks. However, a few weeks later on June 26, Wild Desert, in which Torre is also a partner, won the $1.0 million Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Wild Desert is also partially owned by Keith Jones, an NHL player. A horse named Torre and Zim, was named after Torre and his former bench coach Don Zimmer, as both love horse racing. [125] Homeboykris, who had upset the field by a half-length and won the opening card of the Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2016, collapsed and died on his way back to the stall immediately after the race. [126]


In 1997, Torre's autobiography, Chasing the Dream, was released. Later, he authored an advice book, titled Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners. [127] His third book, The Yankee Years , was released in February 2009. The book, co-authored by Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci, details Torre's tenure as manager of the New York Yankees. [128]

Joe Torre Foundation

In 2002, Torre and his wife Ali established the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation. In October 2007 the Foundation partnered with the Union City, New Jersey Board of Education and the North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) to establish the Foundation's Margaret Place initiative at Union City, New Jersey's José Martí Middle School, with a $325,000 donation from Verizon. It continues to receive yearly funding from that company of up to $65,000. The Foundation's mission is to educate and prevent domestic violence. Margaret's Place is named after Torre's mother, who was a victim of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of Torre's New York City Police officer father when Torre was a child. Torre describes his father as a "bully", and while Torre himself was not a target of his father's violence, he has related that he never felt safe at home, and grew up in fear for his mother, saying, "I always felt responsible for it. I never thought I belonged anywhere. I never felt safe except on the ball field." Margaret's Place is a comprehensive program that provides students with a safe room in school where they can meet with a professional counselor trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention in order to address the student's home situation and educate them to understand domestic violence's impact on the community. The children are also given the opportunity to read, play games or talk about their experience with others. The program, which is administered by health care professionals from North Hudson Community Action Corp, also includes an anti-violence campaign within the school, and training for teachers and counselors. It has grown to 11 sites in the region, though Union City's is the only such program in New Jersey. [5] [129] [130]

Torre is also a supporter of other anti-domestic violence programs. In September 2008, he recorded a public service announcement [131] and personal voice message in support of the RESPECT! Campaign against domestic violence.

Personal life

He has one son, Michael, by his first wife, Jackie, whom he married in 1963. He has two daughters, Lauren and Cristina, by his second wife, Dani, whom he married in 1968. Both of these marriages ended in divorce. On August 23, 1987, he married Alice (Ali) Wolterman, his third wife. They have a daughter, Andrea.

His older brother Frank Torre was also a Major League Baseball player. Frank died in 2014. His eldest brother, Rocco, was a New York Police Department officer who died in 1996. His older sister, Marguerite, was a Roman Catholic nun and teacher, and through 2007 was the principal of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Ozone Park, Queens until her death on May 29, 2022. His other sister Rae died in 2015.

Torre was treated for prostate cancer [132] in 1999.

On December 14, 2005, Torre carried the Olympic Flame in Florence, Italy, as part of the torch relay of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, running it 405 meters, and ending up at the Ponte Vecchio.

As of April 2020, Torre and his wife live in Harrison, New York. Until February 2020, they also had a house in Mahopac. [133]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Major League Player of the Month
May 1965
August 1971
Succeeded by
Preceded by Hitting for the cycle
June 27, 1973
Succeeded by