May 08, 2014
By Andrew Marchand
From : ESPN.com
NEW YORK — The Yankees said Thursday they will retire Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 for leading them to four World Series championships during their dynasty run that began in 1996.
With Derek Jeter expected to be the last ever to wear No. 2, the Yankees will never have another player or manager don a number from 1-through-10. Jeter, the Yankees’ captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.
In his 12 seasons as Yankees manager, Torre led the team to World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998 to 2000 and six AL pennants. He will become the third Yankees manager to have his number retired, joining Billy Martin and Casey Stengel in receiving the honor.
Torre becomes the 18th player or manager in team history to have his number retired. The number 8 is retired twice in honor of Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey. The ceremony for Torre will take place on Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium.
On July 27th, Torre, who is currently MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, will be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
His number will join those of 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), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).
Along with his number being retired, Torre will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park, along with two of the players who helped him win those championships. The Yankees will celebrate Tino Martinez’s and Paul O’Neill’s accomplishments with plaques in the park as well.
Bernie Williams, another member of those Torre championship teams, will be recognized in 2015.
The Yankees will also put a plaque in Monument Park for Rich “Goose” Gossage, who is already in the Hall of Fame. Martinez’s ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 as part of Old-Timers’ Day weekend with Gossage’s the next day. O’Neill’s will take place Saturday, Aug. 9.