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Encyclopedia > Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series
Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series

Anthony La Russa, Jr. (born October 4, 1944, in Tampa, Florida) is a manager in Major League Baseball, currently with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2004 he became the sixth manager in history to win pennants with both American and National League teams; in 2006 he became the first manager ever to win multiple pennants in both leagues and became one of only two managers to win the World Series in both leagues. With a 2297-1986 record as a manager, he is ranked third all-time for total number of career wins, trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). He is one of only three managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball's major leagues. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein (St. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Nickname: Cigar City, The Big Guava Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,6,9,14,17,20,42,45,85 Name St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Connie Mack baseball card, 1910 Cornelius Alexander Mack (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. ... John Joseph McGraw (April 7, 1873–February 25, 1934), nicknamed Little Napoleon and Muggsy, was a Major League Baseball player and manager. ... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ...

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Playing career

1964 Topps baseball card #244
1964 Topps baseball card #244

La Russa (often misspelled LaRussa) was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as a middle infielder prior to the start of the 1962 season. He came up to the A's the next season, making his debut on May 10, 1963. In the following off-season he suffered a shoulder injury while playing softball with friends, and the shoulder continued to bother him during the remainder of his playing career. Image File history File links Tony_la_russa64topps-244. ... Image File history File links Tony_la_russa64topps-244. ... Some Topps Baseball cards from 1977 The Topps Company, Inc. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... The following are the events of the year 1963 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Softball is an activity descended from baseball, in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ...


Over the next six seasons, La Russa spent most of his time in the minor leagues, making it to the now-Oakland A's roster in 1968 and 1969. He spent the entire 1970 season with the big club, and then late in 1971 the A's traded him to the Atlanta Braves. His final big league playing stop was with the Chicago Cubs, where he appeared as a pinch-runner in one game, on April 6, 1973. He also spent time in the organizations of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,4,8,9,20,21,33,40,42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2,3,4,9,11,16,19,72,42 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,6,9,14,17,20,42,45,85 Name St. ...


In 132 total games played, (40 in the starting lineup), he went 35-for-176, a batting average of .199. His 23 walks pushed his on base percentage to .292. He had 7 RBI and scored 15 runs. He made 63 appearances at second base, 18 at shortstop, and two at third base, fielding .960 in 249 total chances and participating in 34 double plays. In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is used in baseball to track the performance of pitchers and batters. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ...


Managerial career

Before becoming a manager, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Florida State University, but never entered the legal profession. La Russa has been quoted as saying, "I decided I'd rather ride the buses in the minor leagues than practice law for a living." He is one of a select number of major league managers in baseball history who have earned a law degree; others include Monte 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, later the creator of the modern farm system in baseball and still later the executive who broke the color line by signing Jackie Robinson), Jim O'Rourke and James Lyman Price. Doctor of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, or Juris Doctor (abbreviated J.D. or JD, from the Latin) is a degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[4] is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... -1... Hughie Jennings on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). Hugh Ambrose Jennings (April 2, 1869 - February 1, 1928) was an American baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Miller James Huggins (March 27, 1879 – September 25, 1929), nicknamed Mighty Mite, was a Major League Baseball player and manager. ... Herold Dominic Muddy Ruel (February 20, 1896 - November 13, 1963) was a major league catcher for 18 seasons with the St. ... John Charles Hendricks (April 9, 1875 - May 13, 1943) was an outfielder with the New York Giants, the Chicago Orphans, and the Washington Senators, although he never played as a regular, with the majority of his playing time coming in the 1903 season in which he played 32 games. ... 1914 E145 Crackerjack Branch Rickey Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 - December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive best known for two things: breaking baseballs color barrier by signing the African-American player Jackie Robinson, and later drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente; and creating... The baseball color line was the policy, unwritten for nearly its entire duration, which excluded African American baseball players from organized baseball in the United States before 1946. ... Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) became the first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era in 1947. ...


The White Sox hired La Russa as their manager two-thirds of the way through the 1979 season. He 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. The White Sox fired La Russa after the club got off to a 26-38 start in 1986. The following are the events of the year 1979 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ...

Tony La Russa autograph on a 1987 Topps baseball card - 1987 Series, #127
Tony La Russa autograph on a 1987 Topps baseball card - 1987 Series, #127

La Russa had a vacation of less than three weeks before his old club, the Athletics, called him to take over as manager. With the A's, he led the club to three consecutive World Series, from 1988 to 1990, sweeping an earthquake-delayed Series from the San Francisco Giants in 1989. In 1988 and 1990, La Russa's Athletics lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds in significant fashion, despite the fact that the A's were heavily favored on both occasions. He earned two additional Manager of the Year awards with the A's, in 1988 and 1992, again winning the Western Division in the latter year. Image File history File links Tony_larussa_autograph. ... Image File history File links Tony_larussa_autograph. ... Some Topps Baseball cards from 1977 The Topps Company, Inc. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ... The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on Tuesday October 17, 1989, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area in California at 5:04 p. ... The 1989 World Series was played between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, and is best remembered for the earthquake which caused a 10-day interruption in play. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,42,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The 1988 World Series matched the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored As to win the Series in five games. ... The 1990 World Series matched the defending champion Oakland Athletics against the Cincinnati Reds, with the Reds sweeping the Series in four games. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,5,8,10,18,20,24 Name Cincinnati Reds (1876–present) (Referred to as Redlegs 1953-1958) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ...


After the 1995 season, in which the A's finished 67-77, the Haas family, with whom La Russa had a close personal relationship, sold the team after the death of patriarch Walter A. Haas, Jr. La Russa left to take over the helm of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team promptly won the National League's Central Division crown in 1996, a feat his club repeated in 2000, 2002 (his fourth Manager of the Year award), 2004, 2005, and 2006 (the Cardinals also won the National League Wild Card in 2001). He became the first manager to win the award four times. 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. The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Walter A. Haas, Jr. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The 2002 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 9 to 14, 2002 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was a professional baseball player and pitcher who last played with the St. ...


However, it was not until 2004 that the Cardinals finally won the National League pennant under La Russa. The team had the best record in the majors at 105-57, and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1, in the National League Division Series, and the Houston Astros, 4 games to 3, in the NLCS. That put the club in the 2004 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, the Cards' first Series appearance since 1987. However, they were swept by the Red Sox, losing four games to none. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... The 2004 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2004 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Monday, October 11, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24,25,32,33,34,40,49,42 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... The 2004 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 13 to 21, 2004 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. ... The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams met to decide the championship. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ...


In 2006, La Russa managed the Cardinals to a four-game-to-one World Series victory over colleague Jim Leyland's Detroit Tigers. This makes him only the second manager to win a World Series in both the American League and the National League, a distinction shared with his mentor, Sparky Anderson. La Russa's 83-78 record with the Cardinals in 2006 becomes the lowest winning percentage for a World Champion, dropping behind the 1987 Minnesota Twins' 85-77 record. For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... James Richard Leyland (born December 15, 1944, in Perrysburg, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Management (from Old French ménagement the art of conducting, directing, from Latin manu agere to lead by the hand) characterises the process of leading and directing all or part of an organization, often a business, through the deployment and manipulation of resources (human, financial, material, intellectual or intangible). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Sparky Anderson George Lee Sparky Anderson (born February 22, 1934 in Bridgewater, South Dakota) is ranked fourth all-time for career managerial wins in Major League Baseball (behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa) and is the first manager to win the World Series while leading clubs in... The primary logo for the 2006 World Series The 2006 World Series, the 102nd playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, began play on October 21, and matched up the American League champion Detroit Tigers with the National League champion St. ... Major league affiliations American League (Since 1901) Western Division (Since 1969) 1987 Uniform Location Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Since 1982) Minneapolis (Since 1982) 1987 Information Owner(s) Carl Pohlad Manager(s) Tom Kelly Local Television TWINSVISION/KMSP-TV Local Radio 830 WCCO AM The 1987 Minnesota Twins won the World...


Through 2006, La Russa's regular season managerial record is 2297-1986 (.536), including 977-803 (.549) with the Cardinals. He credits Paul Richards with first inspiring him to believe he could succeed as a major league manager. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Rapier Richards (November 21, 1908 - May 4, 1986) was an American player, manager, scout and executive in Major League Baseball. ...


It was as a player with the A's that La Russa first met catcher Dave Duncan, who would join his coaching staff in Chicago in 1983. The two have worked together on every La Russa-managed team ever since, and he often credits Duncan as playing a key role in his success. Dave Duncan (born September 26, 1945 in Dallas, Texas) is a retired baseball player and current pitching coach. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


La Russa in books and computer games

In 2005, La Russa was the focus of a book by sportswriter Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger's Three Nights in August delves into La Russa's role as manager during a 3-game series in 2003 between his Cardinals and manager Dusty Baker's Chicago Cubs, their longtime rivals. The book received much praise from both fans and critics, though some complained that Bissinger sets out to glorify La Russa's "old school" managerial style as a direct challenge to the statistical analysis theses of Michael Lewis's 2004 book Moneyball. H. G. Buzz Bissinger is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. ... Johnnie B. Dusty Baker, Jr. ... The I-55 Series is a name for the Major League Baseball games between the Chicago Cubs and the St. ... Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael M. Lewis in 2003 about the general manager of the Major League Baseball team Oakland Athletics, Billy Beane, and his teams approach to running the organization. ...


As David Leonhardt of The New York Times wrote of the "stats vs. hunches" debate in an August 29, 2005 piece, "What makes this fight truly comparable to those that periodically roil the world of art history or foreign policy is that the differences between the sides are not as great as the sniping between them suggests. La Russa spends much of his time jotting down information on index cards and studying statistics in his office." The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


George Will's book Men at Work likewise depicts La Russa and his long-time pitching coach Dave Duncan as making more use of statistical analysis than any other team in the major leagues. George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. ...


La Russa also provided the AI for a series of successful computer and video games, Tony La Russa Baseball. The games won numerous awards and featured "new" statistics selected with La Russa (and provided by prominent sabermetrics authors John Thorn and Pete Palmer) as tools for players as they managed their teams. Hondas humanoid robot AI redirects here. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Tony La Russa Baseball is a baseball computer and video game console simulation game (1991-1997), designed by Don Daglow, Mark Buchignani, David Bunnett, Clay Dreslough and Hudson Piehl and developed by Stormfront Studios. ... Sabermetrics is the analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics. ... John Thorn (born April 17, 1947) is a noted sports historian. ... Pete Palmer is an American baseball [statistician]], and one of the leading creators of the mathematical system referred to as sabermetrics. ...


Personal life

La Russa married Elaine Coker on December 31, 1973 and has two children, Bianca and Devon.


La Russa and his wife are the founders of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, which saves abandoned and injured animals as well as running programs to bring dog and cat visits to abused children, hospital patients, seniors and shut-ins. Tony La Russas Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is is a No-Kill animal shelter based in Walnut Creek, California. ... Walnut Creek is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland located in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


La Russa and his wife appeared in December 2006 in the 2nd annual MAD Hatter Performance and Tea Party in the new roles of the Grim Reaper Rabbit and Mother Ginger. They will be appearing alongside their daughter, Devon. This show is the annual holiday offering of Moving Arts Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Walnut Creek, California. The 2005 performance of the MAD Hatter Performance and Tea Party took place at the Animal Rescue Foundation Pavilion. Walnut Creek is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland located in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Tony La Russas Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is is a No-Kill animal shelter based in Walnut Creek, California. ...


La Russa speaks fluent Spanish.[1][2]


On March 22, 2007 La Russa was arrested in Jupiter, Florida for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was found asleep at the wheel of his running SUV while at a green light. He did not initially respond to the police knocking on the window, even though he still had his foot on the brake. He was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail and blew a .093 blood alcohol content, which is above the legal limit of .08.[1] March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Jupiter is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 6,181 km² (2,386 mi²) 1,068 km² (412 mi²) 17. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Cops: La Russa was asleep at intersection. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.

2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ...

References

  • Bissinger, Buzz. Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager. Mariner (paperback), 2006.
  • Will, George. Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball. Harper (paperback), 1991.

H. G. Buzz Bissinger is an author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. ... George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. ...

External links

  • Bio page at MLB.com
  • Baseball-Reference.com - career managing record and playing statistics
  • Animal Rescue Foundation home page
  • The MAD Hatter Performance and Tea Party - La Russa will be appearing in this production in December 2006.
  • Baseball Almanac
  • Retrosheet
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American League Manager of the Year
1983
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Sparky Anderson
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Sparky Anderson
American League Manager of the Year
1988
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Frank Robinson
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Tom Kelly
American League Manager of the Year
1992
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Gene Lamont
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Larry Bowa
National League Manager of the Year
2002
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Jack McKeon
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Don Kessinger
Chicago White Sox Manager
1979-1986
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Doug Rader
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Jeff Newman
Oakland Athletics Managers
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Art Howe
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Mike Jorgensen
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
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Gibbons (Toronto)
In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ... Sparky Anderson George Lee Sparky Anderson (born February 22, 1934 in Bridgewater, South Dakota) is ranked fourth all-time for career managerial wins in Major League Baseball (behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa) and is the first manager to win the World Series while leading clubs in... Sparky Anderson George Lee Sparky Anderson (born February 22, 1934 in Bridgewater, South Dakota) is ranked fourth all-time for career managerial wins in Major League Baseball (behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa) and is the first manager to win the World Series while leading clubs in... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ... Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas), is a Hall of Fame former Major League Baseball player. ... Jay Thomas Kelly (born August 15, 1950 in Graceville, Minnesota) is the former manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team from 1986 to 2001. ... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ... Gene William Lamont (born December 25, 1946; Rockford, Illinois) is a former MLB catcher and, more notably, a manager for the Chicago White Sox (1992-1995) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1997-2000). ... Lawrence Robert Bowa (born December 6, 1945 in Sacramento, California) is a former middle infielder, playing mainly as a shortstop, and manager in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually to the best managers in the American and National Leagues. ... John Aloysius McKeon (born November 23, 1930 in South Amboy, New Jersey), nicknamed Trader Jack, was a manager in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Important Managers (years and records, minimum 750 games) Kid Gleason (1919-1923) (392-364) Jimmy Dykes (1934-1946) (899-940) Paul Richards (1951-1954, 1976) (406-392) Al Lopez (1957-1965, 1968-1969) (840-650) Tony La Russa (1979-1986) (522-510) Jerry Manuel (1998-2003) (500-471) Complete List... Douglas Lee Rader born July 30, 1944 in Chicago was a Major League Baseball infielder. ... Jeffrey Lynn Newman (born September 11, 1948, in Fort Worth, Texas) was a utility player with a 9 year career from 1976 to 1984 and a manager in 1986. ... Team Owners Charles O. Finley 1960-1980 Walter A. Haas, Jr. ... Arthur Henry Howe Jr. ... Michael Jorgensen (born August 16, 1948 Passaic, New Jersey) was a utility player with a 17 year career from 1968, 1970 to 1985. ... Individuals who have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame are indicated with a β. Team owners Managers The name of each individual is followed by their years as manager, then by their record (through 2005), and last by any titles won with the Cardinals. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Samuel Benedict Perlozzo (born March 4, 1951 in Cumberland, Maryland)He is a graduate of Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland,MD. Perlozzo is the manager of the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Terry Jon T Francona (born April 22, 1959, in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is a Major League Baseball manager. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees and a former Major League Baseball player in the National League for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Joseph John Maddon (born September 19, 1954, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania is the current manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Major League Baseball, having been announced to that position on November 15, 2005. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12 42 Team = Devil Rays Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None Division titles (0) None Wild card... John Michael Gibbons or Gibby (born June 8, 1962 in Great Falls, Montana) is the current manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (f. ...

CENTRAL DIVISION

Guillén (Chi. White Sox)
Wedge (Cleveland)
Leyland (Detroit)
Bell (Kansas City)
Gardenhire (Minnesota)
The American League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios (born January 20, 1964 in Ocumare del Tuy, Miranda State, Venezuela), well known as Ozzie Guillén , is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2,3,4,9,11,16,19,72,42 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... Eric Michael Wedge (born January 27, 1968, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is the current manager of the Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball; he is the youngest current manager in the majors. ... This article is becoming very long. ... James Richard Leyland (born December 15, 1944, in Perrysburg, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... David Gus Buddy Bell (born August 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former third baseman and a manager in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5,10,20,42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Ronald Clyde Gardenhire (born October 24, 1957 in Butzbach, West Germany) is a manager in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins in the American League. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-???? Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) A.K.A Clark Griffith Park (1922) A.K.A National Park (III...

WEST DIVISION

Scioscia (LA Angels)
Geren (Oakland)
Hargrove (Seattle)
Washington (Texas)
The American League West Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Mike Scioscia, left, argues with the umpire about a call. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11,26,29,30,42,50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ... Bob Geren (born September 22, 1961 in San Diego, California), is a former professional baseball player who primarily played catcher in the Major Leagues from 1988-1991 and in 1993. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Dudley Michael Hargrove (born October 26, 1949 in Perryton, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player and the current manager of the Seattle Mariners. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths... Ronald Washington (born April 29, 1952)in New Orleans, Louisiana is the current third base coach of the Oakland Athletics, and potential managerial candidate with the firing of former As manager Ken Macha. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ...


NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST DIVISION

Cox (Atlanta)
González (Florida)
Randolph (NY Mets)
Manuel (Philadelphia)
Acta (Washington)
The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Fredi González Fredi González is a four-year third base coach for the Atlanta Braves association. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5 42 (neither for a Marlins player) Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) also known as Dolphins Stadium (2005-2006) also known as Pro Player Stadium (1996-2004) also known as... Willie Larry Randolph (born July 6, 1954 in Holly Hill, South Carolina, but grew up in New York City), is the current manager of the New York Mets and was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... Charles Fuqua Manuel (born January 4, 1944 in Northfork, West Virginia) is the current manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and the former manager of the Cleveland Indians, from 1999-2002. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,14,20,32,36,42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) unofficially Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1944-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens... Manuel Elias Acta (born January 11, 1969 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is the current manager of the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name Washington Nationals (2005–present) Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Ballpark RFK Stadium (2005–present) Hiram Bithorn Stadium[3] (San Juan) (2003-2004) Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977-2004) Jarry Park (Montreal) (1969-1976) [3] The Expos played twenty...

CENTRAL DIVISION

Piniella (Chi. Cubs)
Narron (Cincinnati)
Garner (Houston)
Yost (Milwaukee)
Tracy (Pittsburgh)
La Russa (St. Louis)
The National League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Lou Piniella, as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, August 28, 2005. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Jerry Austin Narron (born January 15, 1956 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,5,8,10,18,20,24 Name Cincinnati Reds (1876–present) (Referred to as Redlegs 1953-1958) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002) a. ... Philip Mason Garner (born April 30, 1949, in Jefferson City, Tennessee) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants from 1973 to 1988. ... Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24,25,32,33,34,40,49,42 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Edgar Frederick (Ned) Yost (born August 19, 1954 in Eureka, California) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,19,34,44,42 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... You may have been looking for another Jim Tracy, a member of the Tennessee Senate. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,4,8,9,20,21,33,40,42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,6,9,14,17,20,42,45,85 Name St. ...

WEST DIVISION

Melvin (Arizona)
Hurdle (Colorado)
Little (LA Dodgers)
Black (San Diego)
Bochy (San Francisco)
In Major League Baseball, the National League Western Division, or NL West, is one of three subdivisions of the National League. ... Bob Melvin is the current manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) formerly known as Bank One Ballpark (1998-2005) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2001 NL Pennants (1) 2001 West Division titles (3) 2002 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 1999... Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957 in Big Rapids, Michigan) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the Colorado Rockies, having held that position since 2002. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card berths (1) 1995... Grady Little outside Dodger Stadium. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Harry Ralston Bud Black was an American baseball player, pitching for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, and Kansas City Royals. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Jack Murphy Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Bruce Douglas Bochy (born April 16, 1955 in Landes de Boussac, France) is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,42,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Troy Union Cities / Trojans (1879-1882) Ballpark AT&T Park...


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