Born in Tampa, Florida, on October 4, 1944, to Anthony and Olivia (Cuervo) La Russa, Anthony Jr's paternal grandparents had emigrated from Sicily and his mother’s family from Spain. On March 22, 2007 La Russa was arrested in Jupiter, Florida, for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Now all of a sudden he’s struggling for attention and he makes this big pitch. The La Russas also made an appearance in an episode of Housecat Housecall, a reality show on Animal Planet presented by Purina Cat Chow, during the show's third season, which began on June 5, 2010. La Russa had a 798–673 regular season record and a 19–13 postseason record with Oakland.[17]. That doesn’t seem like a guy screaming “Hey, look at me and this thing I’m doing!”. When he came to St. Louis, La Russa wore number 10 to symbolize the team's drive to their 10th championship and pay tribute to Anderson, who wore number 10 while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. [citation needed] La Russa was named American League Manager of the Year in 1983, when his club won the AL West but fell to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. It’s Thursday, April 25. Together we can make a difference. Click here to view our 2020 Leaders and Legends promotional deck. There’s no question he changed the way the game is played.”[2], La Russa had a break of less than three weeks before his old club, the Athletics, called him to take over as manager. [50] La Russa was inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame class as a manager. In November 2019, he joined the Los Angeles Angels as a senior advisor of baseball operations. He spent the entire 1963 season in the majors, as was required by his signing as a "bonus baby". Dallas Keuchel’s Fingerprints Are All Over Renteria’s Firing. La Russa managed the Oakland A's to three consecutive American League Pennants and World Series appearances from 1988 to 1990. The White Sox played .500 baseball (27–27) for the rest of the 1979 campaign. Join our linker program. 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You can’t have a “but” there. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Watch the interview again. He developed a managerial style that consisted of frequent in-game situational substitutions that came in response to the great attention he paid to the nuances and flow of a particular game (which occasionally led to criticism that La Russa “overmanaged”). In 2011 La Russa led St. Louis on improbable comebacks to clinch a postseason berth (after trailing in the Wild Card standings by 8 1/2 games with a month remaining in the regular season) and to win the World Series (after twice being one strike away from elimination). [39] On December 4, 2015, the Diamondbacks agreed to a six-year contract with free agent pitcher Zack Greinke worth a total of $206.5 million. The injured shoulder bothered him through the remainder of his playing career.[2]. [1] On August 16, 2014, he was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. In 2012, La Russa released his New York Times bestselling memoir, One Last Strike, which recounts his legendary last season as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and their remarkable journey to becoming the 2011 World Series Champions from ten and a half games back. "[10], He is one of a select number of major league managers in baseball history who have graduated from law school or passed a state bar exam; others include James Henry O'Rourke (Buffalo Bisons, 1881–84, Washington Senators, 1893), John Montgomery Ward (New York Giants, Brooklyn and Providence, late 1800s), Hughie Jennings (Detroit, 1907–20, New York Giants, 1924), Miller Huggins (St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees, 1913–29), Muddy Ruel (St. Louis Browns, 1947), Jack Hendricks (St. Louis Cardinals, 1918, Cincinnati, 1924–29), and Branch Rickey (St. Louis Browns, 1913–15, St. Louis Cardinals, 1919–25). [55], La Russa is also personal friends with celebrities outside the sports world, such as pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springsteen, jazz bassist Christian McBride, and heavy metal musician Robb Flynn from the band Machine Head. [63], La Russa and Pujols attended Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on August 28, 2010 in Washington, D.C. while the Cardinals were in town for a series against the Washington Nationals. La Russa is the second manager to win a World Series in both the American League and National League – a distinction shared with his mentor Sparky Anderson. *Free shipping is only available in the contiguous U.S. Navy Seal/Military, NEAL ANDERSON Signed 1994 SKYBOX IMPACT Card #32 w/ Beckett Authenticity Seal, STEVE HOWE Signed 1983 DONRUSS Card #630 w/ Beckett Authenticity Seal, RIK SMITS Signed 1994 UPPER DECK Card #36 w/ Beckett Authenticity Seal, Robert O'Neill Signed 8x10 FBI Bin Laden Photo Framed Seal Team Six JSA 155640, Robert O'Neill signed Bin Laden Situation War Room 11x14 Photo Never Quit!- JSA Witnessed (Navy Seal Seal Team 6), Robert O'Neill signed I Shot Osama bin Laden 8x10 Photo- PSA LOA Never Quit ! Not all of the conversations on the subject have been constructive, though. In their third consecutive appearance, the favored A's faced manager Lou Piniella, LaRussa's childhood teammate and friend and his Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. The team's 83–78 regular season record is the worst ever by an eventual World Series champion, usurping the 1987 Minnesota Twins' 85–77 campaign. The merchant offering the lower price must have the product currently in stock. Some exclusions apply, including oversized, overweight & custom orders. In 1986, General Manager Roland Hemond, who had hired La Russa as White Sox Manager, was replaced by the White Sox' broadcaster Ken Harrelson as General Manager. Sale. Yikes. Auction time in day:hour:minute:second format 13h 48m . La Russa is the winningest manager in St. Louis Cardinals history, with 1,408 wins and 1,182 losses (.544) and 1 tie, managing the Cardinals from 1996 to 2011. So, y’know, it’s OK for a player La Russa employs to use a small platform, but that player can't use the biggest platform because that might cast the organization in a slightly negative light. Not all of the conversations on the subject have been constructive, though. [22][23] St. Louis then took on the Houston Astros in the National League Championship Series. La Russa also provided the AI for a series of successful video games, Tony La Russa Baseball (1991–1997). [3][4][5], After graduating from Jefferson High School in Tampa, La Russa was signed by the Kansas City Athletics in June 1962 as a middle infielder, with a clause to pay for his college education. La Russa's fourth Manager of the Year award was arguably the most emotional; La Russa led the Cardinals to the National League Championship Series (where they would ultimately lose in five games to the San Francisco Giants) in a year in which the Cardinals were traumatized by the deaths of beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck and 33-year-old pitcher Darryl Kile just four days later. La Russa retired after winning the 2011 title and 34 seasons as a major league manager. However, they met a Boston Red Sox team that had surmounted a 3–0 deficit against the New York Yankees who swept them in four games.[25]. AJ Hinch was known to be another finalist, but was hired by the Detroit Tigers instead when the White Sox decided on La Russa. Yep, I’m talking about Tony La Russa’s recent comments, both in a Sports Illustrated interview and on ESPN Radio. Harrelson then fired both La Russa and coach Dave Duncan during the season. [citation needed], La Russa is a graduate of the University of South Florida (bachelor of arts in industrial management, 1969) and the Florida State University College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1978). Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. The product cannot be purchased in a 'Deal Of The Week" sale. They went 45–34 the rest of the season to finish in 3rd place in 1986.[18][2]. 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