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Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa is one of the greatest managers in the history of baseball. La Russa was a Major League Baseball executive, manager, and infielder. His 2,728 wins-as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals-rank third all-time in major league history, behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. As a manager, La Russa guided his teams to three World Series titles, six league championships and 12 division titles in 33 seasons. In his 16 years with the Cardinals, the team reached the playoffs nine times, won the National League pennant in 2004, 2006, and 2011, and were World Series champions in 2006 and again in 2011. On December 9, 2013, he was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame.

Away from the diamond, La Russa is also an attorney. He graduated from Florida State's law school in 1978, and passed the bar exam the following year.