"I know today is going to be pretty nostalgic and I'm going to drink it all in," Torre told reporters gathered in the Dodger dugout before the game.
Torre said he differentiated from his usual pregame routine by writing out his lineup card, instead of typing it on a computer as he has in recent years.
"I figured I wrote out the first one, let me write out the last one," said Torre, who began his managerial career May 31, 1977, managing the New York Mets to a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.
The Dodgers will hold a ceremony honoring Torre following the game.
Torre said he is retiring from managing, but "I don't think I ever want to shut down.
"I've know too many people who have taken early retirement and they don't seem very happy," said the 70-year old Torre. "I don't think there's anything that would encourage me to manage again, but there may be something out there that might blindside me."