Sunday, January 18, 2015

THEN AND NOW #29: JOE TORRE 1977

Today we give fellow Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native Joe Torre a "Then and Now" card as part of the 1977 set.
Check it out:

 
By the 1977 season Torre was a Player-Manager (remember those?) for the New York Mets after a distinguished career playing for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.
By the time the 1978 season opened, Torre became a full-time manager, thus ending a rock-solid 18-year career that saw him finish second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1961, and win a Most Valuable Player Award in 1971.
It's easy to forget that Torre's career was so good for some reason.
A nine-time all-star, Torre excelled while catching, playing third base, and even first base over his Major League tenure.
Of course the 1971 season was his high-point, leading the league in batting (.363), hits (230), total bases (352) and runs batted in (137).
But the guy also topped 200 hits the year before, hit more than 20 homers in a season six times, drove in over 100 five times and batted .300 or better five times.
By the time he hung up the playing cleats, Torre retired with: 996 runs scored, 2342 hits, 252 homers, 1185 R.B.I.'s and a nice .297 batting average.
But it was his post-playing career that got him inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 by the Veteran's Committee.
As a manager over the course of 29 seasons for the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers, Torre won 2326 games and took home six pennants and four world championships.
Not bad for a kid from the neighborhood!

5 comments:

  1. If you're interested, here are my suggestions for future "Then & Now" cards: 1959 / 1974 Norm Cash, 1959 / 1977 Mike Cuellar, 1959 / 1975 Jim Perry, 1959 / 1974 Felipe Alou, 1959 / 1973 John Callison, 1959 / 1977 Ron Fairly, 1959 / 1976 Deron Johnson, 1958 / 1974 Milt Pappas, and 1957 / 1975 Lindy McDaniel. Thanks.

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  2. Hey Joe! Thanks. Awesome. Funny enough I have about half of them done already (for future use- i'm about a month and a half ahead on my posts for this blog), but the other half is definitely helpful! Thanks again!

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  3. More suggestions, should you decide to do "Then & Now Cards" of managers: 1955 / 1973 Don Zimmer, 1956 / 1973 Whitey Lockman, 1952 / 1973 Ralph Houk, 1952 / 1973 Dick Williams, 1952 / 1973 Eddie Mathews, 1952 / 1973 Yogi Berra, 1956 / 1973 Bill Virdon, 1956 / 1973 Walter Alston, 1952 / 1973 Leo Durocher, 1952 / 1973 Del Crandall, 1952 / 1973 Red Schoendienst, 1955 / 1973 Bill Virdon, and 1952 / 1973 Billy Martin.

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  4. I wish player-managers were still a thing. There should be a new rule that all managers (and perhaps even some coaches) should be allowed to enter the game at any time without taking up a roster spot. How awesome would that be?!

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  5. I've been busy and slow getting around. Missed these last few Mets cards. 1 word. Awesome.

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