Cardinals Skipper Tony La Russa Announces Retirement After Winning World Series

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just days after winning the World Series, Tony La Russa is retiring from his job as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals with three championships on what is bound to be a Hall of Fame resume.

The 67-year-old La Russa has spent 33 seasons as a big league skipper. He began his managerial career with the Chicago White Sox before moving on to Oakland and then St. Louis. He won championships with the Athletics in 1989 and the Redbirds in 2006.

He managed the Cards to this year’s title despite losing ace starter Adam Wainwright for the season in spring training and despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25.

La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, just 35 behind John McGraw.

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