Torre calls upon notables for tourney
Dodgers skipper set to host his annual golf charity event
LOS ANGELES -- The heavy hitters are turning out for Joe Torre next week.
"How's this for a grouping -- Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Billy Crystal and former President Bill Clinton?" Torre asked, proudly listing the first group that will tee off in Monday's fifth annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf Classic, at Trump's National Golf Club in Westchester, N.Y.
The Dodgers manager said he'll even take a couple of swings, his first attempt at golf since having a knee replacement last December.
Last year's event raised $500,000 for Torre's foundation, created to help educate and to end the cycle of abuse at home and in communities. Torre has a Web site, www.joetorre.org, which provides information on his foundation, events and has a link for donations.
Also during the break, Torre and Bloomberg will open the 11th Margaret's Place, a safehouse for students in New York and New Jersey where victims can discuss concerns with counselors.
The golf tournament is one reason why Torre was pleased not to be named to the coaching staff for the National League All-Star team, even though it would have provided a dramatic return to Yankee Stadium, where Torre managed for 12 years.
Torre and his wife, Ali, will host 90 golfers, with each foursome joined by a celebrity. There will be a pre-round brunch and a post-round dinner reception, complete with silent auction and an awards ceremony.
On Thursday night, Torre will watch his daughter, Andrea, perform in her school's adaptation of Disney's "High School Musical" in New York, before he flies West to meet his club in Arizona for the Friday night resumption of play and a three-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.