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Joe Torre -- New York Yankees Manager and Native New Yorker

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Joe Torre, New York Yankees Manager
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Joe Torre -- Leading the New York Yankees to Glory:

Joe Torre is a New York icon and one of baseball's most popular personalities. Torre is most famous for his successful career as manager of the New York Yankees. In 1996, Torre led the New York Yankees to their first World Series win since 1978. He went on to lead the Yankees to three straight World Series titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000. A former Major Leage Baseball player, Torre is also the co-author of two books and a sought-after public speaker.

Joe Torre -- The Early Years:

Joseph Paul Torre was born in Brooklyn in 1940 and grew up in New York City. Torre had a difficult childhood, witnessing his father's physical abuse of his mother. This experience inspired him to become active in crusading against domestic violence as an adult. Torre credits his older brother Frank, who played first base for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Braves, with mentoring him and helping him break into professional baseball.

Joe Torre -- Major League Baseball Player:

Joe Torre broke into the major leagues with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960. He was an All-Star from 1963-1967, then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. In 1971, Torre was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1975. After being chosen to manage the Mets in 1977, Torre decided to retire from playing Major League Baseball at the age of 37.

Joe Torre -- Early Career as a Manager:

Joe Torre managed the New York Mets through the 1981 season, without a single winning season. He then took over as manager of the Atlanta Braves until 1984. Torre spent some time as a sports broadcaster in the 1980s before he was hired to manage the St. Louis Cardinals in 1990. When he was unable to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs, Torre was fired in 1995.

Joe Torre -- The Yankee Years:

Torre was named manager of the New York Yankees in 1995 and the rest is history. Torre has led the Yankees to the playoffs in each of his ten seasons with the team (1996-2005). He also led the New York Yankees to four World Series wins, including the Yankees' first World Series win since 1978 in 1996 and three World Series wins in a row from 1998-2000. Torre also led the Yankees to American League championships in 2001 and 2003.

Joe Torre -- Battle with Prostate Cancer:

After a routine test in March of 1999, Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After surgery and only a two-month recuperation, Torre returned to the Yankees that May.

Joe Torre -- Life Outside Baseball:

Torre is the co-author of two books. He is also very active in the crusade against domestic violence. His Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation provides help for kids living in violent homes and also works to raise awareness and break the cycle of domestic abuse.

On December 14th, 2005, Torre carried the Olympic Torch for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Torre ran with the torch for 400 yards in Florence, Italy, ending his run at the world-famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

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