Tony La Russa

St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

La Russa Enters The Hall Of Fame, A Look At His Legacy In St. Louis

Tony La Russa gives his Hall of Fame speech.
Credit Screen shot from Major League Baseball telecast

In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.

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Sports
8:37 am
Fri July 25, 2014

'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is introduced before Game One of the World Series in 2011. La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

Tony La Russa's tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals is legendary. La Russa, who on Sunday will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, won a total of 2,728 games — more than any Major League Baseball manager in the past 60 years.

And when he hung up his jersey for good after the Cardinals made a historic late-season run in 2011, La Russa became the first manager to retire immediately after winning a world championship.

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St. Louis Cardinals
9:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

La Russa, Torre Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the official news by way of a tweet Monday morning:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:07 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Last Strike: Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa

(Eve Roytshteyn of MLB.com)

Tony La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Oakland Athletics.  He won four Manager of the Year Awards and has the third highest win total in Major League Baseball history.  Host Don Marsh talks with La Russa about his career, the current season, and his new memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.”

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Tony La Russa
3:52 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has book deal

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career.

William Morrow announced Monday that "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season," is tentatively scheduled to come out this fall. The book will be co-written by Rick Hummel, a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

La Russa retired last fall after managing the Cardinals to a dramatic World Series title.

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St. Louis Cardinals / Tony La Russa
1:19 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Cardinals' La Russa 3rd in Manager of the Year voting

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (R) has words for relief pitcher Octavio Dotel after the eighth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 30, 2011. St. Louis defeated Chicago 13-5.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays have been voted Managers of the Year.

Gibson won by a wide margin in the National League and Maddon was a clear choice in the AL. The results were announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Gibson guided Arizona to a worst-to-first finish in his first full season as a big league manager.

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St. Louis Cardinals
5:58 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

Matheny to replace La Russa as Cardinals manager

Mike Matheny, who is to replace Tony La Russa as Cardinals manager. La Russa retired after leading the Cardinals to win the 2011 World Series.
(Sean Collins)

The St. Louis Cardinals say they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference Monday.

Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher will replace the retired Tony La Russa.

La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience. He played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three Gold Gloves. He won another with San Francisco.

Tony La Russa / From Morning Edition
10:52 am
Tue November 1, 2011

La Russa retires: how the Cardinals move on to find a new skipper

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa laughs during a question and answer session on media day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Our own Rachel Lippmann had a story on the retirement of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on today's Morning Edition on NPR. Here's the summary provided by NPR of her work:

"After 16 seasons, the Tony La Russa era in St. Louis is over. The Cardinals announced that their skipper has decided to retire. La Russa took the Cardinals to the playoffs nine times, made it to the World Series three times and won it all twice, including this season. Now, the organization and its fans have to figure out how to move on without the man who has become their backbone. St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports."

In case you missed her story on the broadcast this morning, or want to hear it again, you can find it here.

St. Louis Cardinals / Tony La Russa
9:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announces retirement

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak (R) shakes the hand of manager Tony La Russa after La Russa announced his retirement during a press conference at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 31, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:18 p.m.

Manager Tony La Russa will not be coming back to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced Monday that La Russa has decided to retire after a 33-year managing career, 16 of which were with the Cardinals.

La Russa says he made the decision to retire back in June, and told general manager John Mozeliak and owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. in August. Players and coaches found out Sunday night after the parade and rally celebrating their 11th World Series championship.

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Dave Duncan
3:05 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Duncan to take leave of absence from Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan (L), shown here during a July 10 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, has taken a leave of absence from the team to be with his wife as she recovers from surgery.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The man who's been at the right hand of Tony LaRussa for most of LaRussa's managing career is taking an extended leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced today that pitching coach Dave Duncan's wife underwent major surgery on August 21 and will require additional tests and rehabilitation. Duncan asked to stay with his wife during that period. No date's been set for his return.

Here's the rest of the statement from the St. Louis Cardinals:

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