Tony La Russa is a former MLB infielder and manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and 2011 World Series Champions the St. Louis Cardinals. During his tenure, he managed six league championships and three World Series titles. Tony is ranked third in all-time major league wins by a manager, behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. As of 2014, Tony is currently serving as the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
His playing debut came in 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics but a shoulder injury; he was forced to spend most of his career in the minor leagues. Tony then moved back up to play for five season in the major’s for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. His final major league emergence came in 1973 with the Chicago Cubs, but continuing to play in the minor leagues until 1977.
In 1979, he was named manager of the White Sox but was fired during the 1986 season. Tony La Russa went on to manage the Athletics and led them to three American League championships and the 1989 World Series title. In 1995, he went to manage the St. Louis Cardinals where he led them to three National League championships and the 2006 and 2011 World Series titles. Three days after winning the title, Tony La Russa announced his retirement after 33 seasons as a manager. Tony is available for speaking engagements, fundraisers and personal appearances.
APPEARANCES: Baseball Tonight, Costas Now, Late with Bob Costas, Mike & Mike in the Morning, MLB Tonight, SportsCenter, SportsCentury, The Tim McCarver Show, This Week in Baseball
BOOKS: Tony La Russa talks baseball strategy with Joe Buck
TO WORK WITH TONY LA RUSSA: Sport Speaker Tony La Russa can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as public speaker, autograph signings, SMT’S, and public relation campaigns.