36. Joe Torre
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Weight: 212 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 25, 1960
  • Final Game: June 17, 1977
  • TSN All-Star - 1964
  • Gold Glove - 1965
  • TSN All-Star - 1965
  • TSN All-Star - 1966
  • Hutch Award - 1971
  • Most Valuable Player - 1971
  • TSN All-Star - 1971
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1971
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1971
  • MVP - 1961
  • MVP - 1964
  • MVP - 1965
  • MVP - 1966
  • MVP - 1969
  • MVP - 1970
  • MVP - 1971
  • Rookie of the Year - 1961
 
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While Joe Torre would become far better known for his career as a Major League Manager, he was a pretty good baseball player in his own right.

Prior to his trade to St. Louis, Torre was already a five-time All-Star Catcher for the Milwaukee/Boston Braves.  With Tim McCarver already in tow, Torre moved to First Base but would be back at Catcher when McCarver was traded.  Torre would also play Third Base over his career in St. Louis.  Regardless of his position, Torre was still an All-Star player and he would play in the Mid-Summer Classic four out of his five years as a Cardinal.

Torre was already known for having a good bat but he took that to a higher level in St. Louis.  In 1970 he accumulated 203 Hits with a .325 Batting Average.  That was good, but he shattered his personal best in 1971 with a career-high 230 Hits, 137 Runs Batted In and a .363 Batting Average, which would win him his first and only Batting Title and National League MVP.  As a Cardinal, Torre had 1,087 Hits with a .308 Batting Average.  He would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 as a Manager.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher, First Base, Third Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the St. Louis Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda 3/17/69.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Mets for Tommy Moore and Ray Sadecki 10/13/74.
  • Games Played: 918
  • Notable Statistics: 455 Runs
    1,062 Hits
    161 Doubles
    32 Triples
    98 Home Runs
    558 Runs Batted In
    12 Stolen Bases
    .308/.382/.458
    22.5 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1971)
    All-Star (1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)
    Highest Batting Average (1971)
    Most Hits (1971)
    Most Total Bases (1971)
    Most Runs Batted In (1971)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1971)
    Most Assists by a First Baseman (1974)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1974)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1971)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (1974)

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