Bob Gibson reflects:
"He went in the (Cooperstown) Hall Of Fame as a manager, but his career numbers were good enough to get in as a hitter, especially considering he played more as a catcher than any other position. He was an All-Star six times there, and he was good enough at first and third base too."
"In his first game with us (Cardinals), against the Pirates, Willie Stargell hit a shot to Joe playing first base that he didn't handle very well. I walked over to him and he probably thought I was coming over to yell at him, instead I asked if he was crazy. I told him, "When somebody hits a ball that hard, you're supposed to move out the way." He started laughing and I guess it loosened him up."
With the Cardinals: 1969-74 (Career summary)
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS TB SB BB SO 6 Seasons 918 3452 455 1062 161 32 98 558 .308 .382 .458 .840 1581 12 387 476
With the Cardinals: 1990-95 (Manager, 351-354 record)
Year Finish Wins Losses Attendance Manager 1990 6 70 92 2,573,225 Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Joe Torre 1991 2 84 78 2,448,699 Joe Torre 1992 3 83 79 2,418,483 Joe Torre 1993 3 87 75 2,844,328 Joe Torre 1994 3 53 61 1,866,544 Joe Torre 1995 4 62 81 1,756,127 Joe Torre, Mike Jorgensen
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- Inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals HOF - 2016
- Inducted into the MLB HOF as a manager in 2014.
- Named National League MVP in 1971 with the Cardinals leading the majors with a .363 batting average, 230 hits, 352 total bases and 137 RBIs.
- Became the fourth Cardinal to total at least 230 hits in a season and only one of 14 players in NL history to reach that mark.
- Finished runner-up for the NL batting title (.325) in 1970.
- Four straight All-Star appearances with the Cardinals (1970-73) (9 total appearances)
- Hit for the cycle on 6/23/1973 at Pittsburgh, collecting the single with two outs in the ninth.
- Led the Cardinals to a 84-78 second place finish in the NL East in 1991. His best with the Cardinals.
They said it... Fun Facts:
- From 1963 through 1980 (18 seasons) either Tim McCarver or Ted Simmons started every Opening day game at catcher for the Cardinals except for 1970, when Joe Torre was the Opening Day catcher.
- GameDay Magazine #4 2016
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