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Tony La Russa gives his Hall of Fame speech.
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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.

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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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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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.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2012 - On Sept. 23, 2011, Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa was at Tony’s restaurant, a few blocks from Busch Stadium, having a postgame dinner with his pals, including author John Grisham, after a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 10, 2012 - Here’s a nugget about former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa whose No. 10 will be retired Friday at Busch Stadium with all the pomp befitting the winningest manager in franchise history: He started his career with the Redbirds in the hole.

Ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has book deal

Mar 19, 2012
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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.

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

Nov 16, 2011
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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.

Matheny to replace La Russa as Cardinals manager

Nov 13, 2011
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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 1, 2011 - Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday morning.

The announcement came at a 9 a.m. press conference called by the Cardinals on the morning after the team celebrated with fans its 11th World Series victory at a parade attended by several hundred thousand.

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 31, 2011 - The first thing that Chuck Korr tells you when you ask him about Tony La Russa and the World Series is that, as a Phillies fan since 1948, he wishes Philadelphia had been the world champions.

But after spending 41 years in St. Louis, the emeritus professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who has written widely about sports also acknowledges that if the Phillies had to lose, he was glad the Cardinals were winners.

With LaTony out, who's next in?

Oct 31, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 31, 2011 - The jubilation of a Sunday parade in October turned somber Monday morning when Cardinal manager Tony La Russa, who in his 16 years in the Gateway City brought two World Series championships in three appearances, announced his retirement.

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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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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:

La Russa rejoins Cards after shingles absence

May 16, 2011
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Manager Tony La Russa is back with the St. Louis Cardinals after missing a six-game road trip to be treated for shingles.

The Cardinals were 2-4 during La Russa's absence and were swept in a three-game weekend series at Cincinnati. They began a four-game homestand Monday night with the first of two games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • St. Louis Cardinal's manager Tony La Russa says first baseman Albert Pujols and his representatives are being pressured by the players' union during contract negotiations. Pujols is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series and has set a deadline for 11 a.m. CST today to reach an agreement on a new deal. Pujols has vowed to cut off negotiations once he arrives at spring training. La Russa said Tuesday he thinks the three-time National League MVP is being pushed to set a new standard with his contract.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 7, 2010 - Just when did we decide to stop thinking for ourselves? What was the exact point in time when we abdicated the responsibility for examining an issue and making an informed decision based upon the facts, rather than simply adopting the opinion of a celebrity?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2009 - The second I saw Buster Olney's report on ESPN on Sunday afternoon that Tony La Russa was returning as St. Louis Cardinals manager and bringing Mark McGwire with him as the team's new batting coach I knew Monday would be quite entertaining.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 3, 2009 - Even though several news sources reported that Cards manager Tony La Russa had settled his suit against Twitter over fake posts using his name and picture  AP , Twitter says it ain't so, Joe. According to a blog post (not a tweet - too long), "Twitter has not settled, nor do we plan to settle or pay."

Cards manager Tony La Russa apparently doesn't like all birds. He filed suit last month against Twitter claiming that the burgeoning social network caused him emotional distress by hosting a site that contained "derogatory and demeaning" postings on a page falsely claiming that "Tony La Russa is using Twitter."