Thanks, Tony!

Fresh off his third World Series title — and second with the Cardinals — skipper Tony La Russa announced his retirement on Monday, October 31, 2011 after 33 seasons as a big league manager, including the past 16 seasons with St. Louis.

La Russa, 67, ranks third in baseball history in managerial victories with 2,728, behind only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each, as well.

More than half of La Russa’ victories — 1,408 — have come in a St. Louis uniform, making him the franchise’s winningest manager, after having led the Cardinals to a surprising World Series title this season.

Fans can thank Tony La Russa for a great run of World Champion Baseball in St. Louis by leaving a message below!

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