In wake of World Series title, La Russa announces retirement
SAINT LOUIS - Some often say that the third time's a charm. For Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, the third championship in his 33-year career may have just been that. After three World Series wins (two with the Cards and one with the Oakland A's) and over 1,400 wins with the St. Louis team, La Russa decided to step down Monday morning.
The 67-year-old manager made the announcement at a news conference at Busch Stadium.
In 2004, La Russa became the sixth manager in history to win pennants with both American and National League teams, and in 2006 became only the second manager to win the World Series in both leagues.
The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship 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. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.