10/18/07 10:45 PM ET
Torre's timeline with Yankees
For 12 seasons, manager was respected leader of Bombers
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
April 2, 1996: Torre logs his first victory as Yankees manager, a 7-1 win over the Indians at Jacobs Field.
May 14, 1996: Dwight Gooden no-hits the Mariners at Yankee Stadium.
Oct. 26, 1996: A lifelong journey to the World Series finally concludes as the Yankees post their 22nd World Series title, defeating the Braves in a 3-2 Game 6 decision at Yankee Stadium.
Oct. 6, 1997: The Yankees are defeated in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, losing 4-3 to the Indians in Cleveland.
May 17, 1998: David Wells pitches a perfect game over the Twins at Yankee Stadium.
Oct. 21, 1998: Torre is a world champ again as the Yankees, winners of 114 games in the regular season, finish off their campaign by sweeping the Padres away in a 3-0 win at Qualcomm Stadium.
Nov. 12, 1998: Named American League Manager of the Year.
May 18, 1999: Honored by Fenway Park crowd with a standing ovation after returning from prostate cancer, diagnosed on March 10 during a routine Spring Training checkup. Torre missed 36 games.
July 18, 1999: Celebrates his 59th birthday by becoming the first person to manage two perfect game wins (joining Casey Stengel, Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda), as David Cone spins one over the Expos.
Oct. 27, 1999: The Yankees sweep away Bobby Cox and the Braves for Torre's third World Series title, posting a 4-1 win in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium.
Oct. 26, 2000: Torre's Yankees, under the gun to win-or-else, are the champions of New York as they lock up their fourth World Series title in five years, celebrating on Shea Stadium's field after winning Game 5 over the Mets, 4-2.
Torre's winning legacy
|Over 12 seasons, Joe Torre managed New York to 12 playoff appearances. His consistent success has him in high standing on the Bombers' all-time managerial wins list.|
May 12, 2001: Becomes only the 17th manager in history to reach the 1,500 victory plateau with a win at Minnesota.
Nov. 4, 2001: An emotional postseason in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001's events ends on a down note for the Yankees, who lose Game 7 of the World Series to the D-backs on Luis Gonzalez's hit off Mariano Rivera.
Oct. 5, 2002: The 103-win Yankees are sent home for the winter in the first round by a pesky nemesis, the Angels, who trump them 9-5 in Game 4 of the ALDS.
June 13, 2003: Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in Major League history to get his 300th victory with a 5-2 win over the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium. Clemens also records his 4,000th strikeout, a whiff of former Yankee Tino Martinez.
Oct. 16, 2003: Aaron Boone takes a hanging Tim Wakefield deep to open the 11th inning and give the Yankees a thrilling, 6-5 Game 7 win over the Red Sox.
Oct. 25, 2003: The Yankees lose the World Series to Josh Beckett and the Marlins, falling 2-0 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.
July 13, 2004: Wins the All-Star Game at Houston, improving to 5-0-1 as an All-Star Game manager and 13-1-1 as an All-Star Game player and manager.
Oct. 20, 2004: A historic collapse is complete as the Yankees lose Game 7 of the ALCS to the Red Sox, falling 10-3 in the Bronx.
Oct. 10, 2005: The Yankees experience the first of three consecutive first-round exits, bounced by the Angels in Game 5 of the ALDS with a 5-3 loss.
Oct. 7, 2006: The Yankees are eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Torre's job hangs in jeopardy for days before the Yankees announce he will return.
June 7, 2007: Becomes the 10th manager to reach the 2,000 career wins plateau with a 10-3 win at Chicago against the White Sox, and is now the first person with 2,000 or more hits as a player and 2,000 or more wins as a manager.
Aug. 22, 2007: The Yankees defeat the Angels at Angel Stadium, 8-2, marking the 1,150th victory of Torre's tenure and passing Casey Stengel for second place in club history.
Sept. 26, 2007: The Yankees clinch their 12th consecutive postseason berth under Torre with a champagne-soaked, 12-4 victory at Tampa Bay.
Oct. 7, 2007: Torre wins his 76th and perhaps final postseason game as the Yankees extend their season for one more day, winning AL Division Series Game 3.
Oct. 8, 2007: Manages what proves to be his last game for the Yankees, a 6-4 loss to the Indians in AL Division Series Game 4 at Yankee Stadium. After the game, Torre remarks that the 12 years felt like 10 minutes. His players defend him, with some calling him the best manager in baseball.
Oct. 18, 2007: Rejects a one-year, $5 million contract offer with performance-based incentives to manage the Yankees in 2008. The Yankees announce they will seek a new manager for the final season in Yankee Stadium.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.