Cardinals' game 6 win means manager Tony La Russa's journey continues

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who is fluent in Spanish and a staunch animal rights advocate, is one of only two managers to guide teams from both leagues to World Series championships.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tony La Russa, the manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, had three pivotal games chronicled by author and journalist Buzz Bissinger.

The St. Louis Cardinals took the Texas Rangers by surprise last night when they managed to win Game 6 of the World Series after rallying twice from their last strike as the game stretched into the eleventh inning. David Freese’s home run that finished the game made Busch Stadium go wild and made his Cardinals teammates tear off his jersey in celebration.

“You had to be here to believe it,” the Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told the Associated Press about the game.

Besides Sparky Anderson, who managed the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers to World Series wins, La Russa is the only manager to guide teams from both the American and National League to World Series championships, having brought the Oakland A’s to a victory in 1989.

La Russa’s battle with the Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs over three games was chronicled in the book “Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy” by Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who also wrote "Friday Night Lights." "Three Nights in August" shows the baseball games through the eyes of La Russa, who has been named Manager of the Year five times (a record) and is often called one of, if not the, most successful managers today. (Read our review of the book here.)

La Russa graduated with a law degree from Florida State University and is a vegetarian. He is fluent in Spanish and is a passionate advocate for animal rights, having founded the Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation with his wife, Elaine.

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

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