Originally posted on The Hardball Times  |  Last updated 11/2/11
You’ve probably already heard the news. Fresh off claiming his third world title, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa has decided to call it a career after five decades and 5,000-plus games as a dugout general. La Russa, calling it a career. In honor of his Hall of Fame career, let’s do something I’ve done for others this year upon their retirement, death, or Hall of Fame induction. Basically, whatever events can make us look back on their lives. This captures the best games and greatest moments, as well as oddest events. Also listed are some of the most impressive moments by his best players—so expect to read the words "Pujols" and "McGwire" a few times. Its not meant to cover everything—that would take too long—just the most important parts. Below, for your perusal, is a look back at some of the highlights of his career, both as player and manager. Playing career May 10, 1963: At age 18, La Russa makes his major league debut as a member of the Kansas City A’s. He appears as a ...
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