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Tony La Russa is a Hall of Fame MLB manager best known for his tenure as manager of the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

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Tony La Russa is a former Major League Baseball manager and infielder, best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa managed teams to six league championships and three World Series titles, and ranks third in all-time major league wins by a manager behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. As a player, La Russa made his major league debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1963. After a shoulder injury the following off-season, he spent most of his career in the minor leagues. He spent parts of five other seasons in the major leagues, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs. His final big-league appearance came in 1973 with the Cubs, but he continued to play in the minor leagues until 1977. La Russa was named manager of the White Sox in the middle of the 1979 season. In 1983 he led the White Sox to an American League West division title; however, the White Sox fired him during the 1986 season. Less than three weeks later, La Russa was hired to manage the Athletics and led the team to three American League championships and the 1989 World Series title. He left Oakland following the 1995 season to manage the Cardinals, and led the team to three National League championships and the 2006 and 2011 World Series titles. On October 31, 2011, he announced his retirement three days after winning the 2011 title and after 33 seasons as a major league manager. LaRussa was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Tony LaRussa Named Keynote Speaker at Boys and Girls Clubs

TAMPA, FL — Former MLB manager, Tony LaRussa, was named the keynote speaker on December 18, 2014 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Great Futures Breakfast held at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. LaRussa spoke of his youth spent at the Boys and Girls Clubs, and how much it benefited his life. He also spoke with 10 News Spor ... read more

Photo shows former baseball mangers, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre & Tony LaRussa speaking to ESPN after they were elected to the Baseball hall of Fame on December 9, 2013.
Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre & Bobby Cox Speak About Their Election into Baseball Hall of Fame – VIDEO

Three of baseball’s winningest managers, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday, December 9, 2013. According to ESPN, all three managers were selected on all 16 ballots when the committee met at the MLB winter meetings on Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The inducti ... read more

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