Tony La Russa Retires

Tony La Russa
Oct 3, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Tony La Russa announces that he is stepping down as Chicago White Sox manager due to health concerns before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Tony La Russa retires today as one of the most decorated managers in MLB history. Over 39 seasons as an MLB manager, dating back to 1979. He spent 11 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, a nine year stent from ’79 to 1986, then the last two seasons 2021 and most of 2022. Another nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics from 1986-1995. Then his longest tenure, 15 years with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996-2011.

La Russa stated health concerns as his reasoning to end his career early, as he was under contract through the 2023 season with the White Sox. August 30th, 2022, La Russa was advised by his doctor not to return to the dugout and has not been managing since.

Tony La Russa, Chicago White Sox. Image Provided by

Career Accolades

  • 2,900 Wins
  • 13 Division Titles
  • 6 Pennants
  • 4x Manager of the Year Awards
  • 3 World Series Titles
  • Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

In 1988 with the Oakland A’s, La Russa won his first Pennant. A year later in 1989 winning his first World Series. Tony La Russa and the Oakland A’s were a mini dynasty at this time going to three World Series in a row from ’88 to ’90, only winning the one in ’89.

Former Oakland A’s manager Tony LaRussa. Photo Credit Mercury News

In 2004 with the St. Louis Cardinals, La Russa found himself again in the World Series winning his fourth pennant. Two seasons later in 2006, the Cardinals with Tony as manager won the World Series. Then again in 2011. Giving him a total of three rings in his career.

Tony La Russa
Mandatory Credit: James A. Finley/Associated Press

Tony La Russa after managing for 37 seasons straight rode off into the sunset after winning the 2011 World Series. After 10 seasons in retirement, he came back to the dugout, taking a job with the club he started with over four decades ago. Ending his career with the White Sox, seems fitting, as his career comes full circle.

Aug 26, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Tony La Russa, You Will Be Missed

Get well Tony; you will be remembered for a lifetime in baseball. Your career will be embodied in Cooperstown for ever. Although all of the moments can not be spent on top of the mountaintop, you made it to their more than one man’s share.

Your six pennants and three World Series wins will have your name attached for eternity. Your legacy of hard-nosed, old fashion baseball will be left behind for generations to come. You have left your footprint, finger prints, face, and name on this beautiful game that we all love. Stories of you will be told, as long as baseball is played.

Tony La Russa, Thank You!

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