Joseph Torre '58
MLB Player and Manager
Joseph Paul Torre is a former Major League Baseball player and the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets; he has also managed all three teams.
It was during Torre's tenure as manager of the New York Yankees, however, that he has thus far achieved his greatest success. In the years that he led the team, from 1996 to 2007, the Yankees went to the post-season each year and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Series titles, in addition to compiling a sterling .605 winning percentage with them. On November 1, 2007 Joe Torre was officially hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to become their new manager.
Torre has an older brother, Frank, who was also a Major League Baseball player. He also had another brother, Rocco Torre who died in 1996.
In addition to baseball, Torre is an avid thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast. He is a part owner of "Sis City" winner of the 2005 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Race Course. She had been the dominant 3-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 million Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Wild Desert is also partially owned by Keith Jones, an NHL player.
On December 14, 2005, Torre carried the Olympic Torch in Florence, Italy, running it 405 meters, ending at the world famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.