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Yankees to retire Torre's No. 6

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 08 2014 12:46:35 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2014 04:09:34 PM CDT
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The New York Yankees announced Thursday that 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Torre, who won four World Series titles as manager, will have his uniform No. 6 retired.

Torre, currently serving as MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, spent 12 seasons as manager of the Yankees (1996-2007). He guided the team to six World Series appearances (1996, '98-2001, '03) and four World Championships (1996, '98-2000).

Torre compiled a 1,173-767 (.605) regular-season record and a 76-47 (.618) postseason mark during his Yankees tenure, leading the club to the playoffs in each year that he managed the team.

While with the organization, Torre went 21-11 in the World Series, 27-14 in the ALCS and 28-22 in the ALDS. His regular-season wins total is second in club history to only Joe McCarthy, who went 1,460-867 (.627) over 16 seasons.

Torre's number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

His number will join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thuman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).

Derek Jeter's No. 2 will be the last single digit in New York's pinstripes. Jeter, the Yankees' captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.

The Yankees also announced in a statement that Torre, Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park.

The ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.

Martinez and Gossage will be celebrated during Old-Timers' Day weekend on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, respectively. O'Neill's ceremony will take place on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Martinez, acquired by the Yankees in a trade with Seattle prior to the 1996 season, went on to play in seven seasons with New York (1996-2001, '05), helping to lead the team to four World Series victories during that time (1996, '98-2000). He combined to hit .276 with 192 home runs and 739 RBIs in his pinstriped career. He is arguably best known for his grand slam off San Diego's Mark Langston in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series at Yankee Stadium that gave the Yankees the lead and helped propel them to their 24th World Championship in franchise history.

Gossage, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008, played in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees (1978-83, '89), winning a World Series with the team in 1978. The nine-time All-Star compiled a 42-28 record with a 2.14 ERA with the Yankees, including 151 saves and 512 strikeouts in 319 games. He allowed just 390 hits in 533.0 innings pitched during his time in pinstripes. Gossage trails only Mariano Rivera (652) and Dave Righetti (224) on the all-time Yankees saves list.

O'Neill, who currently serves as a game analyst for the YES Network, spent the final nine seasons of his 17-year major league career in the Bronx (1993-2001), winning four world titles with New York (1996, '98-2000). He concluded his Yankees career with a .303 batting average, 304 doubles, 185 home runs and 858 RBIs, claiming the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 average. Affectionately known as a "warrior" to many of his fans, he played in 235 consecutive games in right field without making an error from July 1995 to May 1997. In 2001, at the age of 38, O'Neill became the oldest player in MLB history to steal 20 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season.