Torre was Harvey's first and last ejection in the big leagues, bracketing a career that spanned from 1962 to 1992. The last ejection, though, was choreographed.
"He was the one who told me that I was the first one that he threw out," Torre said. "So he said, 'I'd like you to be the last one.' "
A month or so after that conversation, Torre was managing the Cardinals against the Mets at Shea Stadium and was enjoying a comfortable lead.
"In about the seventh inning, I yelled out about a pitch," he said. "I figured we may not get a better shot at this thing. He came over to me, and I had to explain what we were doing, because it certainly wasn't first and foremost in his mind. And I started arguing with him. I said, 'This is it.' And he looked at me: 'What do you mean, this is it?' "And I said, 'Remember, you wanted me to be the last guy you threw out?'
"'Oh!' And he starts smiling. He says, 'Get out of here.' "
Harvey had a reputation for always thinking he was correct but never holding grudges, even after tossing players out of a game. For that, Torre appreciated him.
"I'm happy for him. He's always had that nickname 'God,' where he's never missed a pitch," he said. "The one thing you can always respect him [for] is, he came to work every day. If he had an argument with you and threw you out, it never carried over, it stopped right there. And that I admire, because it's not fair if you let it affect something else. Whatever you think of the way he did his job, he always did his job. I think he certainly got a lot of respect from his peers for that."