Jeff Torborg was born on Wednesday, November 26, 1941, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Torborg was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 10, 1964, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jeff Torborg baseball stats page.
"Whether he was playing, coaching or managing, (Jeff) Torborg never had to apologize for not trying hard enough. Every experience, good or bad, seems to have deepened his understanding and appreciation for the game." - Sportswriter Ed Lucas in Baseball Digest (February 2002)
Jeff Torborg Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#154)
Jeff Torborg Pitching Stats
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Jeff Torborg Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1964 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$6,500.00||-||-|
|1965 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$7,000.00||-||-|
|1966 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$8,000.00||-||-|
|1967 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$12,500.00||-||-|
|1968 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$12,500.00||-||-|
|1969 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$18,000.00||-||-|
|1970 Los Angeles Dodgers||10||$22,000.00||-||-|
|1971 California Angels||3||$25,500.00||-||-|
|1972 California Angels||10||$28,000.00||-||-|
|1973 California Angels||10||$30,000.00||-||-|
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Did you know that Jeff Torborg caught the perfect game thrown by Sandy Koufax on September 9, 1965 ; the no hitter by Bill Singer thrown on July 20, 1970 ; and the first no hitter strikeout king Nolan Ryan threw on May 15, 1973 ?
Jeff Torborg caught Sandy Koufax's perfect game 50 years ago. The two reunited for today's Old-Timers' luncheon. pic.twitter.com/9ZgP4aXjjI— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 16, 2015
Did you know that Jeff Torborg was once tied for most no-hitters caught caught in baseball history, since broken by Jason Varitek and Carlos Ruiz ? Too easy? Did you know that Jeff Torborg was only the second catcher to catch a no-hitter in both the American and National League ? Do you know who was first? [ Answer ]
Jeff Torborg | 1978 Topps Baseball Card (#351) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Jeff Torborg, four years after hanging up his tools of ignorance, took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians . One-hundred fifty-seven wins later, they fired Torborg, but didn't really blame him for the 201-losses, saying in The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia (Russell Schneider, Sports Publishing, 2005, Page 343), "Conjecture was that Torborg - a milkshake drinker who regularly read the Bible, didn't smoke or chew tobacco, seldom cursed, smiled a lot, and looked young enough to be playing, not managing or even coaching in the major leagues - wasn't 'tough' enough for the job he was undertaking. But that wasn't the problem. More important was the fact that the Indians simply didn't have enough good players."
Being fired by the Cleveland Indians in 1979, opened the door to coaching with the New York Yankees (1979-1988), and serving as manager of the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991, 250-235, 1990 Manager of the Year ), manager of the New York Mets (1992-1993, 85-115), manager of the Montreal Expos (2001-2001, 47-62), and manager of the Florida Marlins (2002-2003, 95-105).
Nolan Ryan recalled a career changing moment, "Those two weeks (during the 1972 strike) were very important to me. That park (Boysen Park, Anaheim, California) is where I really started to figure things out. Jeff (Torborg) could see my problems clearer, because he was a catcher and could point things out to me from a different point a view. Torborg remembered those practice sessions as well, saying, "When Nolie overthrew, he was wild up and in on right-handers, which would generally send them flying with their heads going one direction and their helmets another. All we were trying to do was to get him to stop opening up too soon, get behind the ball, and drive it down and away from right-handed hitters."
Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST