Jeffrey A. Torborg set collegiate and professional records for athletic prowess on the baseball diamond that endure to the present day. A 1963 All-American, Torborg set both Rutgers and NCAA records for batting that year and went on to be drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers—where “he was on the receiving end of some of the most memorable games in Dodger history,” according to BaseballLibrary.com. Torborg played 10 seasons in the majors, where he tied the record for catching three no-hitters, most notably Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965. In 1974, he became a coach with the Cleveland Indians and then became manager in 1977. His career as a coach and manager included service at the helm of the Chicago White Sox, where he earned American League Manager of the Year honors in 1990, and as manager of the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and Florida Marlins. Rutgers retired Torborg’s number in 1992, the first baseball number so honored, and welcomed him into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He is a longtime supporter of Rutgers athletics.
Jeffrey A. Torborg
Major League Baseball Player, Manager, Broadcaster
School of Education 1963
Hall of Distinguished Alumni Class of