A Hall note: The time Joe Torre orchestrated being ejected by umpire Doug Harvey
For old time's sake.
Turns out, the first person Harvey ever ejected from a major league game was Torre. Works out, he was his last, too.
In 1962, Torre was a catcher with the Milwaukee Braves when Harvey made him the first player he threw out of a game. He remembered it, too.
So much so that 31 years later -- knowing it was his last as an umpire -- Harvey had a message for Torre, then the St. Louis Cardinals manager.
"He said you were the first one, and I'd like you to be the last one," Torre said. "And I said, 'OK, we'll figure it out.'"
About a month later, the Cardinals were at Shea Stadium playing the Mets in late September.
"We're winning by four or five runs, so about the seventh inning, I yell out about a pitch," Torre said. "I figure I may not get a better shot at this. He came over to me and I had to explain what I was doing. It wasn't foremost on his mind.
"I started arguing with him, and I say, 'This is it.' And he says, 'What do you mean this is it?'"
"And I said, 'Remember, you wanted me to be the last guy you threw out.' And he started smiling and said, 'Get out of here.'"And tossed him. Orchestrated or not, some nice symmetry to a Hall of Fame career.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Doug Harvey speaks during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday in Cooperstown. Jim McIsaac / Getty Images