Yankees to retire Torre's No. 6

 

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Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees will retire the uniform number of former manager Joe Torre, who will enter the Hall of Fame this summer.

Torre's No. 6 will become the 17th number retired by the Yankees during a ceremony on Aug. 23. He was elected to the Hall of Fame, mainly on the strength of his 12 years as Yankees manager.

During Torre's tenure from 1996 through 2007, the Yankees reached the playoffs each year and earned four World Series titles with two other American League pennants. He compiled a record of 1,173-767, his win total trailing only Joe McCarthy's team record 1,460 over 16 seasons.

The Yankees also announced that Hall of Fame pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage, first baseman Tino Martinez and outfielder Paul O'Neill will be honored with plaques in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium this year, while outfielder Bernie Williams will be honored in 2015.

Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008 and spent parts of seven seasons with the Yankees, winning a World Series title in 1978. He notched 151 saves with the Yankees from 1978-83 and '89, trailing only Mariano Rivera and Dave Righetti in team annals.

Martinez and O'Neill played on four World Series championship teams under Torre.

Acquired by the Yankees before the 1996 season, Martinez hit .276 with 192 home runs and 739 RBI in pinstripes. He is arguably best known for his grand slam off San Diego's Mark Langston in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series at Yankee Stadium that gave the Yankees the lead and helped propel them to their 24th championship.

O'Neill, acquired from Cincinnati in 1993, spent the final nine seasons of his 17-year career with the Yankees. He batted .303 with 185 homers and 858 RBI with New York, winning a batting title in 1994 in addition to his four World Series championships.

The Yankees will honor Martinez and Gossage during Old Timers' weekend on June 21-22, while O'Neill will have his ceremony on Aug. 9.

Other Yankee retired numbers are: No. 1 - Billy Martin; No. 3 - Babe Ruth; No. 4 - Lou Gehrig; No. 5 - Joe DiMaggio; No. 7 - Mickey Mantle; No. 8 - Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra; No. 9 - Roger Maris; No. 10 - Phil Rizzuto; No. 15 - Thurman Munson; No. 16 - Whitey Ford; No. 23 - Don Mattingly; No. 32 - Elston Howard; No. 37 - Casey Stengel; No. 42 - Mariano Rivera; No. 44 - Reggie Jackson; No. 49 - Ron Guidry.

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