The New York Yankees announced Thursday that Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Torre, Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tino Martinez, and Paul O’Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park this summer. Torre, the only manager of the group, will also have his uniform number “6” retired. The ceremonies will be part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.
Martinez and Gossage will both have their ceremonies during Old-Timers’ Day weekend, with Martinez having his plaque unveiled on June 21, just one day before Gossage. O’Neill’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 9, with Torre taking his place in Monument Park two weeks later on August 23.
Torre spent 12 seasons as the Yankee manager, leading the team to six World Series appearances and four World Championships. He trails only Joe McCarthy for the franchise lead in regular season wins, recording 1,173 victories en route to a career .605 winning percentage. Torre added 76 more victories in the postseason during his tenure with the Yankees, including 21 in World Series games.
O’Neill was one of the keystones of the Yankees dynasty that dominated baseball in the late 1990s. He spent the final nine seasons of his 17-year career in the Bronx and won four titles under Torre’s leadership. O’Neill finished his Yankees career with a .303 batting average, 185 home runs, and the 1994 American League batting title. Known to many as a “warrior,” O’Neill is the oldest member of baseball’s “20-20” club stealing 22 bases and swatting 21 home runs as a 38-year-old in 2001.
Martinez was acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Seattle Mariners to replace Don Mattingly prior to the 1996 season. During his seven seasons with the Yankees, Martinez produced a .276 batting average with 192 home runs. He won four World Series titles, and it was his Game 1 grand slam in the 1998 series which propelled the Yankees to a sweep of the San Diego Padres.
Gossage was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 after a career that included parts of seven seasons being spent in New York. He was a nine-time All-Star and an integral member of the Yankees’ 1978 World Series team. Gossage recorded a 42-28 record with a 2.14 ERA and 152 saves during his Yankee career. He trails only Mariano Rivera (652) and Dave Righetti (224) on the all-time Yankees saves list.