Yankees to retire Joe Torre’s No. 6; honor O’Neill, Martinez, Gossage
The Yankees have the dubious honor of being mocked for retiring too many numbers. They’ll inch one step closer to hanging up every number from one to 10 this summer.
The team announced Thursday they will retire former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 at a ceremony on Aug. 23. He will also receive a plaque in Monument Park.
The only number remaining to be retired from one to 10 will now be No. 2 — soon to be retired for captain Derek Jeter. Former manager Billy Martin (No. 1), Babe Ruth (No. 3), Lou Gehrig (No. 4), Joe DiMaggio (No. 5), Torre (No. 6), Mickey Mantle (No. 7), Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra (No. 8), Roger Maris (No. 9) and Phil Rizzuto (No. 10) all have their numbers retired.
Torre will become the 17th number retired overall, for 19 different players or managers. In addition to No. 8 being retired twice, No. 42 is retired for both Mariano Rivera and Jackie Robinson.
The Yankee manager from 1996 to 2007, Torre won four World Series titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000). He went 1,173-767 (.605) in 12 years for the Yankees.
Torre will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27 as well.
But Torre isn’t the only former Yankee who will be honored this summer at the Stadium.
The team also announced ceremonies in which plaques will be hung in Monument Park for former right fielder Paul O’Neill, first baseman Tino Martinez and reliever Goose Gossage.
O’Neill’s plaque will be revealed on Aug. 9, while Martinez and Gossage will both have their plaques unveiled at Old Timers’ Day weekend on June 21 and 22, respectively.
Martinez joined the Yankees from the rival Mariners in 1996 as a replacement for the popular Don Mattingly. He quickly won over Yankee fans with 25 homers and 117 RBIs in the team’s first championship season since 1978. He spent seven years in the Bronx, including an encore in his final season of 2005, and finished with 192 homers and 739 RBIs.
Gossage, who is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame, joined the Yankees in 1978 and immediately slipped into the closer role. He finished his seven-year career in New York with 151 saves, a 2.14 ERA and 512 strikeouts in 533 innings pitched.
O’Neill, whose intense playing style earned him the nickname “The Warrior” and tremendous admiration from fans, hasn’t receded from Yankee fans’ eyes. He has worked as a broadcaster on YES Network since his retirement and has been a regular recently at Old Timers’ Day. O’Neill was traded to the Yankees from the Reds in 1992 for Roberto Kelly. He remained in New York for the rest of his career, hitting 185 home runs and driving in 858 runs.
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