Tony LaRussa

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

Tony La Russa’s teams won six pennants and three world series; his 2,728 wins as a manager ranks third behind Connie Mack & John McGraw.

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In the collection:

Letter from HoF White Sox owner Bill Veeck expressing confidence in rookie manager Tony La Russa

Letter from HoF White Sox owner Bill Veeck expressing confidence in rookie manager Tony La Russa

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 2,728 career victories. Veeck writes, “Like you, we feel Tony La Russa is
LaRussa joins the exclusive 2,000 win club

LaRussa joins the exclusive 2,000 win club

When St. Louis beat the Rockies on September 10, 2003 they gave Tony La Russa his 2000th managerial victory. Along the way he became just the seventh man of the club that now has ten members. La Russa would go on to win 728 additional games. His 2,728 career wins ranks only behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Lineup card from the Cardinals dugout signed by La Russa

Lineup card from the Cardinals dugout signed by La Russa

In the collection is the dugout lineup card for the Cardinals 4-0 loss at Arizona on June 1, 2000. It’s filled out entirely in the hand of manager Tony La Russa who has signed along the top left of the card. St. Louis would tally 95 wins and capture the Central Division crown. During his time with the Cardinals, the
Oakland lineup card signed by La Russa on September 26, 1993

Oakland lineup card signed by La Russa on September 26, 1993

In the collection is the lineup card from Tony La Russa’s pocket as manager of the Oakland A’s on September 16, 1993. The previous five years Oakland averaged more than 97 wins per season but would tumble to a 68-94 mark in 1993. In this particular contest the A’s would
Detailed ground rules of Seattle's Kingdome on the back of the lineup card

Detailed ground rules of Seattle's Kingdome on the back of the lineup card

The back of the pocket lineup cards always have the home stadium’s ground rules. Here we see a rather complicated and detailed list of ground rules for Seattle’s Kingdome. Of particular note is the “HITTING SUSPENDED OBJECTS” section which states in part,

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