Tony LaRussa

Tony LaRussa
Birthdate 10/4/1944
Death Date
Debut Year 1979
Year of Induction 2014
Teams Athletics, Cardinals, White Sox
Position Manager

Tony LaRussa was inducted into the Hall in 2014 then returned to manage in 2021; his teams have won six pennants and three World Series.

 

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LaRussa began his managerial career with Bill Veeck's White Sox

LaRussa began his managerial career with Bill Veeck's White Sox

On August 3, 1979 Tony La Russa took the helm of the White Sox at age 34. Sox owner Bill Veeck wrote this letter to a fan the day after La Russa gained win #14 on his way to the third-most victories in MLB history. Veeck writes, “Like you, we feel Tony LaRussa is doing a fine job and the playe
LaRussa's Oakland squads won 3 straight pennants staring in 1988

LaRussa's Oakland squads won 3 straight pennants staring in 1988

When the White Sox fired LaRussa on June, 19, 1986, he wasn’t out of a job long. By early July he was back in the dugout as skipper of the Oakland Athletics. The A’s were 31-52 when LaRussa took the reigns. He quickly changed the dynamic as Oakland went 45-34 with him the rest of the way. Ju
LaRussa helped the Cardinals win 3 pennants and 2 World Series

LaRussa helped the Cardinals win 3 pennants and 2 World Series

Tony LaRussa left the A’s in 1995 and took control of the Cardinals in ’96. In St. Louis he found his greatest success. In his 16 seasons as manager, LaRussa’s Cardinals finished either first or second 10 times. They won seven division crowns, three pennants, and two World Series.
LaRussa was the 7th manager to guide teams to 2,000 wins

LaRussa was the 7th manager to guide teams to 2,000 wins

When St. Louis beat the Rockies on September 10, 2003 they gave Tony La Russa his 2000th managerial victory. Only six skippers reached the mark prior to the Cardinals pilot. La Russa’s teams went on to win nearly 1,000 additional games. When he retired in 2011, his win total ranked behind only

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