New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees officially retired Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 jersey during a pre-game ceremony Saturday.
Torre led the Yankees to the playoffs every season in his 12 years at the helm, with six pennants to go with four World Series victories. He has a 1173-657 record with the Yankees.
Torre’s number is the 17th in the franchise history to be retired, joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio.
“When you know the neighborhood you are in out there, it is pretty cool,” the 74-year-old Torre said during a press conference. “It is unbelievable. This is the Yankees.”
Torre thanked late team owner George Steinbrenner and his championship players, many of whom were on hand.
“I just want to say in closing, it is a short distance from the old stadium to here but it is a long, long way from the field to Monument Park, however I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players,” Torre said.
With Torre’s number now officially out of circulation and the retiring Jeter’s No. 2 expected to never be handed out again, the Yankees will have no single-digit numbers available.
Torre said he almost chose No. 2 as his number, but his wife and he decided to go with No. 6 because of its similarities to his old playing number of 9.
Before Torre became the Yankees’ manager in 1996, he led three other teams (New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals) to just an 894-1003 record and won just one division title.
“After being fired three times, you start to question the way you do things,” Torre said.