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In the dwindling regular season weeks of 2011, St. Louis Cardinals fans feared that the team might finish the season under .500, or finish second in their division behind rival team Cincinnati Reds–or both. Between Adam Wainwright’s season-ending elbow tear, Matt Holliday’s emergency appendectomy, David Freese’s concussion, Allen Craig’s broken kneecap, and home-run hitter Albert Pujol’s broken wrist, everyone doubted that a team this depleted could finish the season with heads held high–everyone except their manager Tony La Russa, that is. With six Pennants, two World Series wins, four Manager of the Year awards, and thirty-three years of experience under his belt, Tony La Russa carefully considered his team’s character and competitiveness and searched for ways to capitalize on their strengths.
Utilizing baseball acumen from every part of his storied career, he made bold decisions on the field and in the bullpen, not to mention a trade that surprised the whole league. What followed was one of the most memorable runs in baseball history, a rollercoaster postseason of unbelievable turnarounds and an adrenaline-filled comeback. In his first ever memoir, now-retired baseball legend La Russa takes you inside the dugout for one of the most dramatic World Series of all time, sharing how the hard-won secrets and astute philosophies from throughout his managerial career contributed this victory. A baseball story for the ages from a baseball mind unlike any other, La Russa shows how the trials of his life culminated in one of the most exhilarating Octobers in sports history.
Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California. They have two daughters, Bianca and Devon.
Rick Hummel has covered baseball for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for forty years. A former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, he has received numerous awards for his writing and has been honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.