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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Rocco Torre Ballfields

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

These ballfields were dedicated in memory of Rocco Torre (1927-1996), veteran police officer and baseball lover, by Mayor Giuliani on August 15, 1997. The fields were first opened to the public on April 29, 1979 and are maintained by the Joe Torre East Highway Little League (formed in 1995 as the East Highway Little League) in cooperation with Parks & Recreation. Rocco Torre was one of three baseball-playing brothers whose neighborhood legacy began with youthful games in Marine Park, and lives on through the children who bring the sport to these fields today. Born on June 7, 1927 and a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Torre was raised in Flatbush with his sisters Rae and Marguerite, and brothers Frank, former first baseman for the Boston Braves, and Joe, the manager of the New York Yankees who guided the team to their 1996 World Series victory after a long career as a major league player and manager.

Rocco Torre, the eldest brother, was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers for his talent as a pitcher. Instead of becoming a professional athlete, however, he obeyed the wishes of his father, Joseph, by joining the Navy to serve his country during World War II. Torre, who attended James Madison High School and St. John’s University, followed in his father’s tradition by becoming a police officer. After patrolling the streets of New York City for twenty two years, Torre spent a decade working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, until he retired in 1983. He extended his commitment to fighting drug use to helping its victims by volunteering at a drug rehabilitation center in Manhattan. Rocco Torre died of a heart attack in Brooklyn on June 21, 1996.

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Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

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