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MANAGERIAL CAREER

Recently completed his second season with the Dodgers and 44th in Major League Baseball by winning more games in a season (95) than any Dodger skipper since Tommy Lasorda in 1985...Was named the franchise's 26th skipper in history on Nov. 1, 2007...led the Dodgers to their first postseason series victory in 20 years in 2008 and their first back-to-back NL West Division titles since 1977-78 in 2009...In two seasons with the Dodgers, has a record of 179-145 (.552), which is the sixth-highest winning percentage among managers in Dodger history (min. 50 games)...Finished third in the 2009 NL Manager of the Year voting after finishing fourth in 2008...drew one first place vote in 2009...served as a coach on Charlie Manuel's staff at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis...Became just the eighth manager in Los Angeles Dodger history, following Hall of Famers Walter Alston (1954-76), Tommy Lasorda (1977-96), Bill Russell (1996-98), Glenn Hoffman (1998), Davey Johnson (1999-2000), Jim Tracy (2001-05) and Grady Little (2006-07)...Has a 28-year Major League managerial record of 2,246-1,915 (.540) and ranks fifth all-time in victories among Major League managers, having passed Bucky Harris and Sparky Anderson in 2009...moved past Anderson on June 18, 2009...trails Bobby Cox for fourth by 167 wins...Has more postseason victories (84) than any manager in Major League history...Bobby Cox is second with 66...his 14 straight playoff appearances as a manager are tied with Cox (1991-2005) for the all-time record...Over the past 14 years, has posted a .597 winning percentage (1,352-912) and guided the Dodgers and Yankees to 14 consecutive postseason appearances, 2 National League West titles, 10 American League Eastern Division titles, six American League pennants and four World Championships, including three consecutive titles from 1998-2000...Has guided five different teams in the Majors (Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals, Braves, Mets)...is one of just 14 managers to guide five different teams in the Major Leagues since 1900, joining Chuck Dressen, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmy Dykes, John McNamara, Don Zimmer, Dick Williams, Bucky Harris, Patsy Donovan, Lou Piniella, Jeff Torborg, Jack McKeon, Alvin Dark and Billy Martin. (Source: Retrosheet.org)...Was the first manager to guide the Yankees to 12-straight postseason appearances...Casey Stengel ranks second with five straight from 1949-1953...Is only the second manager in Major League history to win 90 or more games 11 times in a 12-year span, joining Casey Stengel (1949-60)...he and Stengel are the only managers to pilot both the Dodgers and Yankees...Had 1,173 career wins as manager of the Yankees and ranks second on the club's all-time list behind only Joe McCarthy (1,460)...Is only the fourth manager to win at least 1,000 games with the Yankees, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149) and Miller Huggins (1,067)...Led the Yankees to a World Series championship in four of his 12 seasons as manager (1996, '98, '99 and '00) and led New York to the World Series in six of those years...Established a Major-League record with 14-straight World Series wins (from Game Three of the 1996 WS through Game Two of the 2000 WS, including sweeps in 1998 and '99)...the 14 straight World Series victories are the most ever under one manager...the 1927 and 1928 Yankees, managed by Miller Huggins, and the 1932 club led by Joe McCarthy combined to win a then-record 12 straight World Series games...In the World Series, his .656 (21-11) winning percentage is the second highest ever for a manager who has appeared in at least three World Series (behind Joe Mc- Carthy, .697, 30-13)...Was 75-44 (.630) in the postseason with the Yankees (21-11 World Series, 27-14 ALCS and 27-19 ALDS)...With the American League's All-Star Game win on July 13, 2004 at Houston, improved to 5-0-1 as an All-Star Game manager...is 13-1-1 as an All-Star manager and player (was 8-1 as a National League All-Star)...Became only the 17th manager in Major League history to reach the 1,500-victory plateau with a win on May 12, 2002 at Minnesota...Celebrated his 59th birthday on July 18, 1999 by becoming the first person to manage two perfect game wins (David Wells, David Cone) (Stengel - 1-1, Walter Alston - 1-1 and Tommy Lasorda - 0-2 are the only others who have managed in two perfect games)...In 1998, after setting a career high with 114 wins as manager (including the postseason, the Yankees won a total of 125 games, breaking the Major League record of 118 set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs), earned his second BBWAA AL Manager of the Year Award (also in 1996, Co-Manager-of-the- Year with Texas' Johnny Oates), his second Associated Press Manager of the Year Award (also won in 1982 with Atlanta) and first Sporting News AL Manager of the Year Award...Finished third in the 2005 BBWAA American League Manager of the Year voting...Evened his career record at 1168-1168 on Aug. 11, 1998 vs. Minnesota, after his record was 109 games under .500 when he joined the Yankees...only one other manager came from further below the .500 mark to even his career record as a manager...Stengel was 166 games below .500 before he went 1149-696 with the Yankees (His low point was 135 games under .500)...Was appointed the Yankees' 31st field manager on November 2, 1995...Was named Manager of the Cardinals on Aug. 1, 1990 following Whitey Herzog's resignation and stayed with St. Louis through the 1995 season...In 1982, led Atlanta to its first Division title since 1969 and was named The Associated Press Manager-of-the-Year... was the first person to be named National League MVP and AP Manager of the Year...

PLAYING CAREER

Hit .297 with 252 HR and 1,185 RBI in 2,209 games from 1960-'77 for the Braves, Cardinals and Mets...Hit the first home run ever in Fulton County Stadium on April 12, 1966...hit 36 HR that season, a record for Braves catchers that stood until Javy Lopez hit 43 in 2003...Was selected to play in the All-Star Game nine times during his career...In both 2008 and 2009, was one of 10 finalists under consideration by the veteran's committee for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame...From 1964-66, was named catcher on the Sporting News All-Star Team and in 1965, won a Gold Glove at that position...Caught Warren Spahn's 300th career victory for Milwaukee in 1961...Won the Northern League batting championship (.344) in his first professional season...the next season hit .278 for the Milwaukee Braves and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting to the Cubs' Billy Williams...Became the Braves' No. 1 catcher after Del Crandall was traded to the Giants in December 1963...In 1964, hit .321 with 20 HR and 109 RBI to become the first catcher since 1955 to hit .300 with 20 HR and 100 RBI...duplicated the feat in 1966 (.315 BA, 36 HR, 101 RBI)...In 1970, moved from catcher to third base, but three seasons later moved to first base because of a shoulder injury...In 1971, won the NL Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league with a .363 BA, 230 hits, 137 RBI and 352 total bases...Became the first player to lead the NL in four offensive categories since Stan Musial captured eight categories in 1948...On July 21, 1975, tied a Major League record by grounding into four double plays, all following Felix Millan singles...Hit his last Major League home run in a pinch-hitting appearance, on April 13, 1977 vs. St. Louis off Clay Carroll...For the Mets on May 31, 1977, became the Major League's first player-manager since the Cardinals' Solly Hemus in 1959...his playing career ended 18 days later, when he became New York's full-time skipper

PERSONAL

Married to Ali...has four children, Michael, Lauren, Cristina and Andrea Rae... along with his wife, Ali, inaugurated the Joe Torre "Safe at Home" Foundation in 2002 to aid in the prevention and awareness of domestic violence...on Dec. 15, 2009, was named by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to a special committee charged with reviewing and examining all on-field issues...the special 14-person committee has over 450 years of baseball experience and includes Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Frank Robinson and John Schuerholz...carried the Olympic Torch in Florence, Italy on Dec. 14, 2005, prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino...previously served as a torch bearer for the 2002 Winter Games held in Salt Lake City, Utah...honored by the Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in November 2008 with the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award, which is the highest honor given by the foundation... co-authored his third book, "The Yankee Years," which came out in February 2009 and immediately shot to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List... took part in both the first and second annual DodgersWIN (Women's Initiatives Network) Luncheons, where he was a featured speaker both years... participated in the Dodgers' 2010 calendar shoot, which featured children from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services...along with the Cubs' Derrek Lee, escorted 13-year-old Brook Pernice out to her performance of the National Anthem on June 8, 2008...Pernice lost her sight due to a rare congenital disease known as LCA...received the Chuck Tanner Award from the Pittsburgh Rotary Club on September 16, 2008...visited Walter Reed Army Hospital with several coaches and teammates on August 27, 2008 while in Washington, D.C...along with Don Zimmer and Mel Stottlemyre, Torre received the 2001 Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award, by the NY Chapter of BBWAA...also received the 2001 Thurman Munson Award....left the Yankees on March 10, 1999 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer...underwent successful surgery on March 18, 1999 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis by Dr. William J. Catalona... returned to team on May 18 at Boston (lost 6-3) after missing the season's first 36 games...received the 1999 Milton Richman "Gotta Have Heart" Award by the NY Chapter of BBWAA...spent 1985-90 seasons as a television broadcaster for the California Angels...graduated in 1958 from St. Francis Prep School in Brooklyn...is the younger brother of Frank Torre, a former first baseman for the Phillies and the Milwaukee Braves.

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