His main impact came as a player, manager and one who has taken the initiative to put himself after everyone else. More importantly, his managerial presence is worth noting.
Torre is a baseball leader for his humungous positive impact on the game in more ways than one could imagine.
On Saturday August 23, Torre will officially have his number retired by the New York Yankees, he wore #6 while managing the Yankees from 1996 to 2007.
It is key staple in a baseball career that dates back to 1960, over 50 years of every position possible.
How significant is the ceremony?
Not only is his #6 the second to last single-digit number to be retired in Yankees history (with Derek Jeter’s #2 well on it’s what to taking a rest as well), he is the third manager to be honored along with Billy Martin and Casey Stengel (Stengel is also a Hall of Famer).
There were certainly plenty of head scratchers when the late great Yankees owner George Steinbrenner brought him on in 1996 after a mixed track record as a manager with the Mets and Braves.
A true ambassador of the game of baseball, Torre has been honored more than once this year. He has a plaque in Yankee Stadium at their illustrious monument park and he has also been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July as part of the Class of 2014 induction ceremony.
For a man who has over 2,300 wins in his managerial career and four World Series championships in a span of five seasons, the dugout had a “winning attitude” but selfless feel to it when Torre was in.
He took another Yankees legend and future hall of famer (Derek Jeter) under his wing and Jeter recognizes Torre in a way that summarized as Mr. Torre (a sign of respect).
In more ways than one, Torre found ways to win not by force but by the calming nature of the way he coached his players.
He may have managed the Dodgers, Mets, and Braves but he will always be remembered as one of the greatest managers in Yankees history, with most of his success and 1,173 managerial wins coming from his time in the Bronx.
It also goes without saying he is certainly one of the greatest managers in baseball history and his #6 is a number that will never be worn again in New York…ever.
His Hall of Fame stamp is rare due to him being one of the very few inductees that had a successful playing career then followed up with an immensely accomplished managerial career with the Yankees even though he struggled to lead the Mets and Braves as a coach at the beginning.
Nonetheless, the Yankees universe will thank Torre and his #6 for bringing a dynasty back to Yankee stadium and come to place with winning baseball for 12 seasons.
We salute you and all of your achievements, Joseph Paul Torre.