Congratulations to Joe Torre, who was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans’ committee!
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) December 9, 2013
When Torre went up the dais, he said, “It hits you like a sledgehammer.” He added, “I can’t tell you how excited I am, and then what makes it even better is to go in with these two guys.”
As everyone knows, Torre was manager of the Yankees during one of their most successful eras. He helped guide them to four World Series titles in five years and six pennants overall. He also had 100-win seasons in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He finished his managerial career with a record of 2,326-1,997 (.538 winning percentage) in 29 years. Along with managing the Yanks, Torre also managed the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers.
Here’s Bud Selig’s statement on the election of Torre, LaRussa and Cox:
“I am thrilled that these great managers during my tenure as Commissioner will join the legends of our game in the halls of Cooperstown. In careers of consistent excellence and incredible longevity, Bobby, Tony and Joe all left indelible impacts on our national pastime. For decades, these three individuals not only led great ball clubs, but instilled in their teams a brand of class and professionalism that baseball fans admired. It is fitting that Bobby, Tony and Joe will share our game’s highest honor together.
“Joe and Tony have been outstanding members of our staff at Major League Baseball in recent years. On behalf of all of their colleagues with MLB, it is an honor to congratulate them and their families on this milestone. I look forward to a remarkable day for all of Baseball next July 27th in Cooperstown.”
In an amusing twist to this story, Erik Boland of Newsday tweeted that members of the Steinbrenner family were not happy about Torre getting in before George.