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Joe Torre

Author of The Yankee Years

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About the Author

Joe Torre was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 18, 1940. He played professional baseball for the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Mets. In 1965, he won a Gold Glove as a catcher. He later managed all three teams he played for as well as the New York Yankees and the Los show more Angeles Dodgers. During his tenure as manager of the Yankees, from 1996 to 2007, the Yankees reached the post season each year and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Series titles. From 1985 to 1990, he was a television analyst for the California Angels and was a guest analyst for ESPN during the 1989 World Series. He has also written books including Chasing the Dream, Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners, and The Yankee Years. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Joe Torre

Associated Works

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888) — Introduction, some editions — 1,448 copies
Zim: A Baseball Life (2001) — Foreword — 117 copies
Everyone's Hero [2006 film] (2006) — Actor — 63 copies
Tommy Lasorda: My Way (2015) — Foreword — 17 copies
Splinters: A Memoir (2008) — Preface — 3 copies


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"The Yankee Years" covers Joe Torre's years as Yankee manager from the mid 1990's to the mid 2000's. The events Torre describes are now 10 to 20 years old, but as someone who lived in the New York area during that time, the book was a great walk down memory lane. The descriptions of some of those great Yankee Championship years, memorable games and players brought back many, many memories. The great plays, great players, and great comeback victories were exciting to remember. At times, for games which I didn't remember clearly, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, so to speak, anxious to hear about the next pitch or the next batter so see if the game would end in a dramatic victory or a disappointing loss.
Yankee fans should like the first half of the book a lot, since that covers a streak of four World Series Championships. The last half of the book may not be as pleasing, since it describes Yankees losses in the playoffs and years when the Red Sox managed to best the Yankees. But all in all, baseball fans from that era should enjoy recalling memorable plays such as Jeter's memorable "flip" game against Oakland in the 2001 Division series, Aaron Boone's 2003 playoff walk-off home run, the Alex Rodriguez clubhouse tensions, George Steinbrenner's management over reactions, and dozens of other stories from those memorable Yankee Years.
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rsutto22 | 23 other reviews | Jul 15, 2021 |
Didn't pull any punches and exposed some of the larger egos in baseball over the past 15 years.
TSBresser | 23 other reviews | Dec 29, 2019 |
Impressively honest. Great for any Yankees fan.
Robert_Musil | 23 other reviews | Dec 15, 2019 |
Very well written, not surprisingly... Verducci is the best baseball writer around (not including the Baseball Prospectus/Seamhead types... that's a different kind of writing).

Not nearly as controversial as the trailers would have had you believe, but there are enough cringe-inducing private clubhouse moments to ask yourself why Joe found in necessary to write this book.
BooksForDinner | 23 other reviews | Feb 3, 2016 |



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