On July 21, 1975, Joe Torre came to Shea Stadium believing that his slump, finally, was over. He had just turned 35, three days earlier, and he celebrated by cracking three hits against his former team, the Braves. He needed that. For about a month, he hadn't hit a thing -- .179 with just three extra-base hits -- and people had started whispering. He knew those whispers. He didn't ever want those whispers to be about him.