New York Daily News
06.01.1977 (original)

Joe Torre, long considered the prime candidate, replaced the ousted Joe Frazier as Mets manager last night. The announcement, which preceded the club’s game against the Expos at Shea Stadium, was made by general manager Joe McDonald.

Torre, who will be 37 in July, signed a long-term contract through the 1979 season. For the present, he will remain on the active roster, but his managerial duties probably will limit his participation to that of a pinch-hitter.

“I can just hope that our ballclub responds to me,” the swarthy Brooklyn-born Torre told a hastily convened media. “What I’d like to do is put a lineup out there and see what happens. I do have some ideas that I’d like to try out.”

Originally published by the New York Daily News on June 1, 1977. This story was written by Red Foley.)

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