October 31, 2011 in Nation/World, Sports

Cardinals manager La Russa announces retirement

Associated Press
 
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In this Oct. 28 photo, St. Louis Cardinals’ Tony La Russa holds up the Commissioner’s Trophy after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Texas Rangers, in St. Louis. Three days after winning the World Series, La Russa is retiring. The 67-year-old manager announced his retirement at a news conference Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals today, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers.

The 67-year-old La Russa announced his retirement at a news conference at Busch Stadium.

The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa’s 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25 for the final playoff spot in the National League.

La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, 35 behind John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.

“Other than some of personal attachments, I feel good,” La Russa said. “I feel good that this is the right decision and there’s something out there.”

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