Joseph Paul “Joe” Torre is an American professional baseball executive and former baseball manager and player. A nine-time All-Star, he was a Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, first baseman and a third baseman for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals during his playing career. Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) after leading the major leagues in batting average (.363), hits (230), and runs batted in (RBI) with 137. His playing career totals included a .297 batting average with 252 home runs and 1185 RBI in 2209 games.
After his retirement as a player in 1977, Torre managed the same three teams for which he played, before leading the New York Yankees and ending his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He briefly served as a player-manager for the Mets in 1977.
In 2007, Torre was the first recipient of the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. In September 2009, Torre was named Sporting News Manager of the Decade. Torre was unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee on December 9, 2013.