Brooklyn NY was a great place to grow up in the 1950’s. Great for baseball lovers that is. I have a great affinity for Joe Torre. We share the same birth day, July 18. He was born in 1940 however and grew up in Brooklyn.
He caught, played first base and the outfield. He was both a Milwaukee and Atlanta Brave from 1960 to 1968.
He came to the Braves via its farm club in Louisville. In May of 1961 Del Crandall went out for the season with a shoulder injury. We needed a catcher. So, we brought up Joe, a slightly pudgy 20 year old. He earned his keep that first day. He caught both ends of a double header. He had a single, a double and home run. He showed the strength of his arm by throwing out 3 runners. Tested early and proven.