Joe Torre, who many young fans think of only as a manager or a baseball executive in the Commissioner’s Office, was an All-Star catcher for the Braves and the Cardinals.
In 10 different seasons in which he appeared as a catcher, Torre appeared in 903 and started 836 games behind the plate. His pitchers had an ERA of 3.68 and he was above average in throwing out base runners attmepting to steal.
I share this with you because Joe’s daughter, 44-year-old Cristina Torre yesterday caught a 1-year-old boy who had tumbled off of a second-floor Brooklyn apartment’s fire escape.
Police said the baby somehow climbed out of the apartment onto the fire escape and tumbled from above. That’s when Torre caught the baby as she walked on the sidewalk below.
The baby is in stable condition, police said, while the baby’s parents – Sam Miller, 23, and Tiffany Demitro, 24 – were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.
“I am very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child,” Torre, now Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement. “Fortunately for that child she was in the right place at the right time to lend a hand.”