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Hayakawa reopens S.F. State; Dodgers bid for Joe Torre, December 3, 1968

December 3, 2008 |  6:33 am


1968_1203_sports Turns out the Dodgers were interested in more than Joe Torre, the manager. They once tried to acquire him as a player.

The Dodgers offered the Braves Willie Davis and Tom Haller for Torre and Felipe Alou, according to a story in The Times. The Braves wanted to trade Rico Carty instead of Alou. But the Dodgers apparently didn't like that combination.

Torre started his career with the Braves in Milwaukee and was traded to the Cardinals in 1969 for Orlando Cepeda. He finished his playing days with the Mets.

Torre ultimately managed the Mets, Braves and Cardinals before the Yankees and of course the Dodgers.

--Keith Thursby