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Player: Torre, Joe
Card: 1969 Topps #460
No one had ever taken longer to get to the World Series – 4,272 major-league games as player and manager before his first Series game in 1996.
Brooklyn-born Joe Torre‘s career began as a player in 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves. He was named to the 1961 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. A nine-time All-Star, Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in.
He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets until becoming a manager in 1977, when he briefly served as the Mets’ player-manager. His managerial career covered 29 seasons, including tenures with the same three clubs for which he played, and the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, until 2010. From 1984 to 1989, he served as a television color commentator for the California Angels and NBC. After retiring as a manager, he accepted a role assisting the Commissioner of Baseball as the executive vice president of baseball operations.
As manager of the Yankees, he compiled a .605 regular season winning percentage and made the playoffs every year, winning four World Series titles, six American League (AL) pennants, and ten AL East division titles. In 1996 and 1998, he was the AL Manager of the Year. He also won two NL West division titles with the Dodgers for a total of 13 division titles. In 2014, Torre was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Outside of baseball, Torre enjoys horse racing, and owns an interest in several race horses. A few of his horses have competed in the Kentucky Derby over the years.
Joe’s brother Frank Torre also played MLB for the Milwaukee Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies.
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