Joe Torre

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7/18/1940 , Brooklyn, New York

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Enters his eleventh season as Manager of the Yankees...won 103 games in 2002, improving his career record to 1579-1448 and Yankee record to 685-445 (.606) to rank fifth on the All-Time Yankees Managers list...is now 240 games over .500 in his seven seasons with the club...recorded his 1,572nd career victory in 9/20/02 win at Detroit, surpassing Dick Williams for sole possession of 16th place on the all-time list...managed his fifth All-Star Game on 7/9/02, leading the American League to a 7-7 tie and improving to 4-0-1 as an All-Star Game manager...became only the 17th manager in Major-League history to reach the 1,500-victory plateau with 5/12 win at Minnesota...with 5/2 win vs. Oakland, became only the fifth manager in Yankee history to win at least 600 games, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944)...won his 500th game as Manager of the Yankees on 4/28/01 vs. Oakland in a 7-6 victory...reached the 1400-win plateau of his managerial career with a 2-1 victory at Baltimore on 5/6/01...established a new Major League record with 14-straight World Series wins (from Game Three of the 1996 WS through Game Two of the 2000 WS, includes sweeps in 1998 and '99), the 14 straight World Series wins is the most ever under one manager... the previous record was 12, set by the Yankees with sweeps in 1927, '28 and '32...the 1927 and 1928 Yankees, managed by Miller Huggins, and the 1932 club led by Joe McCarthy combined to win a then franchise record 12 straight World Series games...he is the first manager to guide the Yankees to seven-straight post season appearances (previously Casey Stengel led the Yanks to five straight from 1949-'53)...has led the Yankees to World Series Championships in four of the last seven seasons (1996, '98, '99 and '00)...in his World Series career his .731 (19-7) winning percentage is the highest ever for a manager who has appeared in at least three World Series...is 57-25 (.695) in the post season with the Yankees (19-7 World Series, 20-7 ALCS and 18-11 ALDS)...won 487 games in his first five seasons (1996-'00) with the Yankees...the 487 wins ties the most ever by a Yankee manager in his first five seasons with the club (Casey Stengel won 487 games from 1949-'53)...won his 400th and 300th games against Tampa Bay on 10/2/99 and 9/25/98, respectively...celebrated his 59th birthday on 7/18/99 by becoming the first person to manage two perfect game wins (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 and then highest single-season total in AL history with 114 wins as manager (including the post season, the Yankees won a total of 125 games, breaking the ML record of 118 set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs), Torre 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 The Sporting News AL Manager-of-the-Year Award...evened his career record at 1168-1168 on 8/11/98 vs. Minnesota, his record was 109 games under .500 when he joined the Yankees...only one other manager came from further below the .500 mark to reach .500 in his career as a manager...Stengel was 166 games below .500 before he went 1149-696 with the Yankees (Torre's low point was 135 games under .500)...is the fourth Skipper to have managed both the Mets and Yankees (also Stengel, Yogi Berra and Dallas Green)...became the first native New Yorker to manage the Bronx Bombers...only six other Yankee managers have had more wins than Torre (60) in their first 100 games (Bucky Harris 66 in '47, Ralph Houk, 65 in '61; Bob Lemon, 65 in '78-'79; Stengel, 63 in '49; Dick Howser, 62 in '80; Berra, 61 in '64)...was appointed the Yankees' 31st field manager on 11/2/95...was named Manager of the Cardinals on 8/1/90, 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.
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