Mike Torrez
Baseball
Mike Torrez
Baseball


Pitcher - New York Yankees 1977 World Series - Won 2 games First Mexican-American to win 20 games 1975

 

Michael Torrez grew up in the Oakland Barrio of Topeka, Kansas. His story has highs and lows during his early years as a Mexican-American athlete in the Midwest during the 1940’s to the 1970’s. The Torrez family immigrated from Mexico and is a story of courage, determination and hard work as they struggled to fulfill the American Dream.It was doubly hard for Mike in athletics. He made it to the majors by his own talent and efforts.

He went on to become one of the state of Kansas All Time sports Heroes. Torrez has won more games (160) than any other Mexican American pitcher in the history of the major leagues. His career experienced many significant events in professional baseball including being a member of the St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champions and Bob Gibson of the 1960s and the Oakland As of the 1970s, the Bronx Zoo of Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner’s 1977 New York Yankees.

 

Torrez was involved in the early baseball players free agency and in 1978 signed a 1.5 million 5 year contract with the Boston Red Sox. Torrez began his major league baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals as a young 20 year old and has also pitched for different clubs including: the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and Montreal Expos.

His major league record from 1967 to 1984 includes 185 wins & 160 losses — 3.96 ERA with 494 games pitched, 458 games started, 117 complete games, 15 shutouts, 13 saves 3,044 innings pitched and 1,404 strikeouts. During the 1975 season he had 20 wins and 9 defeats, 16 games complete, 2 shutouts, 3.06 ERA with 270 innings pitched. Today he is a successful business owner in White Plains, New York.