(CBS Connecticut) — Former baseball manager Joe Torre, now executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball,  will be this year’s speaker at the University of Hartford commencement.

Torre,  who is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, was named player-manager of the New York Mets in 1977, and was with the Mets until 1981 and the Atlanta Braves from 1982-1984.  He spent 12 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2007,  a period in which the Yankees made the post-season playoffs every year, including six appearances in the World Series,  and World Championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Torre will be awarded an honorary degree at the ceremony on May 18, along with Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, author and Chef Jacques Pepin, former Tropicana Beverage Group president Ellen Marram and Rabbi Stanley Kessler, founding rabbi of Beth El Temple in West Hartford.

University of Hartford President Walter Harrison will address the graduate student commencement May 17.


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