Joe Torre’s No. 6 uniform will soon be joining the retired numbers of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra at Yankee Stadium.
Torre, who managed the New York Yankees to four World Series titles, was selected to baseball’s Hall of Fame two days ago and Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said there will soon be a ceremony for Torre at Monument Park.
“We haven’t given it out for a reason,” Cashman told reporters yesterday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, of Torre’s number. “It’s been tucked away for quite some time.”
Cashman didn’t say when Torre’s number would be retired. Mariano Rivera had his No. 42 retired in September, becoming the 17th player or manager in franchise history to receive such an honor.
When Torre’s No. 6 is retired by the Yankees, it will leave shortstop Derek Jeter’s No. 2 as the only number below 10 still in use. Other retired numbers include Billy Martin (1), Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), DiMaggio (5), Mantle (7), Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9) and Phil Rizzuto (10).
Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 through 2007 and ranks second in team history to Hall of Fame member Joe McCarthy with 1,173 wins. Torre won World Series titles with the team in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.