Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Anthony "Tony" La Russa
To Tony and Oliva (Cuervo) La Russa
Brother to Eva
Married Elaine Coker on December 31, 1973
Father to Bianca and Devon
Made big-league debut with Kansas City Athletics May 10, 1963
Played six seasons in major leagues between 1963 and 1973
Managed 33 seasons in Major League Baseball 1979-2011
2,728 wins rank third all-time behind Connie Mack, John McGraw
Managed Chicago White Sox from 1979-1986
Piloted Oakland Athletics from 1986-1995
Led Athletics to three consecutive AL pennants 1988-1990
Won 1989 World Series guiding Athletics
Managed St. Louis Cardinals 16 seasons from 1996-2011
Winningest manager in Cardinals history with 1,408-1,182 record
Reached postseason nine times in 16 seasons in St. Louis
Won NL Central Division in 1996, 2000,2001,2002,2004,2005,2006,2009
His 2004 club won 105 games & his 2005 club won 100 games
Led National League Pennant-winning Cardinals of 2004, 2006, 2011
Won 2006 & 2011 World Series, beating Detroit & Texas
One of only two Cards skippers with 2 World Series
Cardinals teams finished above .500 in 13 of his 16 seasons
One of only two managers to win World Series in both leagues
Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2006
Co-founded the Animal Rescue Foundation in 1991 and still plays an integral role in the organization
Was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014
Recognized as a
Missouri Sports Legend
Erected 2015 by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is October 10, 1944.
Location. 37° 7.239′ N, 93° 13.01′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from East Stan Musial Drive south of U.S. 60. Marker is outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3861 E Stan Musial Dr, Springfield MO 65809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Albert "Dick" Vermeil (here, next to this marker); Thomas Michael "Mike" Shannon (here, next to this marker); Edwin T. "Ned" Reynolds (here, next to this marker); Coach Norm Stewart (here, next to this marker); William Charles "Bill" Virdon (here, next to this marker); John V. "Pete" Adkins Dr. Mary Jo Wynn (a few steps from this marker); Jon Thomas Sundvold (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Tony LaRussa. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame website entry (Submitted on April 19, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Tony LaRussa. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on May 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
3. Tony LaRussa. National Baseball Hall of Fame website entry (Submitted on May 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
4. Tony LaRussa. Baseball Reference website entry (Submitted on May 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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