Torre's brother Frank requires kidney transplant

Updated: February 16, 2007, 12:40 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former major leaguer Frank Torre needs a kidney transplant because of medication he's taken since receiving a new heart more than a decade ago.

The 75-year-old, who spent seven seasons with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies from 1956-63, had a heart transplant in October 1996. The following day he watched from his hospital bed as his brother, Joe, managed the Yankees to victory in the World Series clincher against Atlanta.

"I talked to him yesterday. He sounded good yesterday," Joe Torre said Thursday. "His heart is working on the 11th year now. With all the rest of the medication you have to take, the rest of the organs take a beating. That's what it comes down to."

Joe Torre said his brother, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, likely would learn next week whether one of his relatives was a match for a kidney transplant. If there is no match, he would go on a transplant list and have to wait, a process that Joe said could take a year.

The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday that Frank Torre's daughter, Elizabeth, might be a match.

"My heart is only 38 years old," Frank Torre told the newspaper, laughing. "The problem is, my body's 75. I'll be the bionic man by the time they're done with me."


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