When Joe Torre took over as New York Yankees manager before the 1996 season, there was just one goal left to achieve after 36 years in baseball: a World Series championship. Five years later, Torre was a four-time World Series champion – one of only four managers to win that many. ”I remember Ali saying after going in ’96, that’s it, let’s go retire,” Torre said after Monday’s election, recalling a conversation with his wife. ”And I said let’s see if we can do it again.” With a cool patience amid the ever-swirling frenzy in the Bronx, Torre helped restore the Yankees of bombastic George Steinbrenner to dominance.
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