COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Inductee Joe Torre (2L) poses for a photograph with his plaque with (L-R) Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark and MLB commissioner Bud Selig at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. Torre managed for 29 seasons with 2,326 victories and led the New York Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series titles. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Joe Torre, the managerial mastermind of the resurgence of the New York Yankees, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While Torre excelled as a player _ in 1971 he won National League MVP honors with a signature season that included 230 hits and a .363 average, 97 runs, and 137 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals _ he became something special in the Yankees dugout.
Despite mediocre stints managing the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (five winning seasons in 15 years), Torre was hired by the Yankees prior to the 1996 season. In 12 years with Torre at the helm, the Yankees won 10 division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series.
During his 28 minute speech Torre thanked a number of people, but as CBS 2’s Steve Overmyer explained he left one name out.
Torre forgot to thank his former boss, George Steinbrenner, for bringing him to New York. Afterwards Torre said that he was very upset about not thanking him.
Torre joked that if Steinbrenner was still alive he would have yelled at him.
Torre is the only man to amass more than 2,000 hits (2,342) as a player and win more than 2,000 games (2,326) as a manager, according to STATS.