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frank torre, 1960 topps #478, milwaukee braves

Player: Torre, Frank

Card: 1960 Topps #478

Position: 1B

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"When I was a teenager and my brother Frank was in the World Series in ’57 and ’58 against the Yankees, Braves winning in ’57 and the Yankees in ’58, little did I know the next time these two teams would meet in the World Series, I would be managing the Yankees,” Joe Torre said in his Hall of Fame induction speech in July.

Brooklyn-born Frank Joseph Torre played as an MLB first baseman. Torre, who batted and threw left-handed, played for the Milwaukee Braves (1956–60) and Philadelphia Phillies (1962–63). He was the older brother of Baseball Hall of Fame member Joe Torre, himself a former Major League Baseball player and longtime manager. His father was a detective with the New York police department, then became a scout for the Milwaukee Braves from 1955 to 1961 and the Baltimore Orioles from 1962 until he died in 1971.

Frank's two best seasons were in 1957 and 1958; in the former year, he batted .272 with 5 home runs and 40 runs batted in.

The 1957 fall classic is known for Milwaukee's Lew Burdette’s three victories over the Bronx Bombers, but Torre had a spectacular Series as well, hitting .300 with two home runs and three RBIs, along with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage as the Braves defeated the Yankees to win the Series. Torre was the only player besides Hank Aaron who both played in all seven games and hit .300 or better.

After his playing career ended, Frank entered the sporting-goods business. Initially he and Joe operated a sporting-goods store. Frank then joined Adirondack Bats and became manager of the company’s professional division.

Part of that job consisted of visiting all the major-league spring-training facilities in a trailer that served as a portable bat factory (Yes, the trailer was referred to as a “bat-mobile” that provided custom-made bats to major leaguers. Inside the trailer were Adirondack craftsmen, as well as a special lathe and other equipment that produced a custom bat in 30 minutes that even included the player’s own signature. Torre later became a vice president at Rawlings Sporting Goods. He also gave a series of interviews to Cornelius Geary, who created a book out of it: "All Heart: The Baseball Life of Frank Torre."

Frank underwent a successful heart transplant at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan when the Yankees were on the brink of defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series. He passed away at 82 years old in September 2014.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen and Wikipedia)

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