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Joe Torre remembers John Wooden

Posted on: June 4, 2010 10:55 pm

LOS ANGELES -- John Wooden wasn't quite gone yet when the subject turned to the Coach in the Dodgers' dugout pre-game here Friday. Manager Joe Torre immediately softened, and I could swear his eyes moistened just a bit.

Torre met the legendary UCLA coach several years ago, when he was managing the Yankees and Wooden was well enough to travel to Angel Stadium for the meeting. Torre fondly recalled that moment Friday, speaking of how he's carried a piece of Wooden -- like so many others -- in his own work.

"His philosophy, I've used many times in trying to get points across and make decisions," Torre said. "Him being a big baseball fan, I didn't know that."

They talked about it, though -- and about other things -- over a lunch that lasted, according to Torre, four or five hours.

"To me, it was a great time when you have the opportunity to share some time with him," said Torre, who always enjoyed how much Wooden respected Derek Jeter.

Torre said Wooden phoned "when I decided to change jobs", and spoke in near awe of moments when Wooden would phone him.

"One time I was driving around with my wife and the phone rang and it was him," Torre said. "It always startles me, because he's such an enormous person."

Between them, Wooden and Torre have won 14 titles: Wooden led UCLA to 10 NCAA basketball championships, and Torre managed the New York Yankees to four World Series victories.

Category: MLB

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:09 am

Joe Torre remembers John Wooden

But you cannot say Knight loved his players any less than Wooden. Maybe more attitude but Knight would have gone to the ends of the earth for his players, and that is why Knight got the respect of them while all the outsiders were baffled because all the newspapers printed were the bad things.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2010 10:04 am

Joe Torre remembers John Wooden

Unlike Bob Knight, Coach Wooden got the job done without all the fuss.

10 Championships?

I don't care if you live in LA and have access to the best players in the

Coach Wooden got the job done as a father and a mentor. Coach Knight
did the same thing, but in a different way. Different philosophies.

But 10 NCAA Championships?

Coach Wooden wins.

PS: I don't recall Coach Wooden tossing any chairs ..

PPS: My prayers to the family and friends ..

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