Wooden was Yankees fan, Torre man

Legendary UCLA hoops coach, who died Friday, admired the Bombers' former manager

Updated: June 5, 2010, 2:22 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

John Wooden loved a winner, especially a winner who won the right way. So when the rest of America was hoping a procession of Joe Hardys would beat those damn Yankees, Wooden was rooting for the Yanks to keep parading under a ticker-tape rain.

Start with the fact baseball was Wooden's favorite sport. He was a hell of a shortstop at Purdue, at least until a fastball crashed against his throwing shoulder and reduced his strong right arm to a puddle of goo.

Wooden turned ...

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