One Last Strike (Enhanced Edition): Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season

One Last Strike (Enhanced Edition): Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season

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by Tony La Russa
     
 

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In One Last Strike the enhanced e-book edition legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa takes you behind the scenes at Busch Stadium in 6 exclusive videos, discussing his unique managing techniques and giving you access to the Cardinals' dugout, locker room, batting cage and more. Major League Baseball legends Joe Torre, Brian Jordan, Tom Seaver, and

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In One Last Strike the enhanced e-book edition legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa takes you behind the scenes at Busch Stadium in 6 exclusive videos, discussing his unique managing techniques and giving you access to the Cardinals' dugout, locker room, batting cage and more. Major League Baseball legends Joe Torre, Brian Jordan, Tom Seaver, and Dennis Eckersley make video cameos, giving testimonials to La Russa's character on and off the field. Also, only in the enhanced edition you will find photographs of La Russa's World Series rings, along with exclusive audio commentary about pitching charts, lineup cards, and batting orders that reveal La Russa's winning strategies in history-making games.

The team that refused to give up
their manager in his final season
A comeback that changed baseball

After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all—that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike—twice.

Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating injuries, the bullpen struggles, the crucial games, and the players who made it all possible, he reveals how the team's character shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group came together in good times and in bad to become that rarest of things: a team that actually enjoyed it when the odds were against them.

But this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, explains, their season was the culmination of a lifetime spent studying the game. Laying bare his often scrutinized and frequently misunderstood approach to managing, he explains his counterintuitive belief in process over result, present moments over statistics, and team unity over individual talent. Along the way he shares the stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook—from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Setting the record straight on his famously intense style, he explores the vital yet overlooked role that his personal relationships with his players have contributed to his victories, ultimately showing how, in a sport often governed by cold, hard numbers, the secret to his success has been surprisingly human.

Speaking candidly about his decision to retire, La Russa discusses the changes that he'd observed both in the game and in himself that told him, despite his success, it was time to hang up his spikes. The end result is a passionate, insightful, and remarkable look at our national pastime that takes you behind the scenes of the comeback that no one thought possible and inside the mind of one of the game's greatest managers.

Please note that due to the large file size of these special features this enhanced e-book may take longer to download then a standard e-book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231901
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/25/2012
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
693,668
File size:
334 MB
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Meet the Author

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.

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One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
masa54 More than 1 year ago
Book really gives you a feel of the challenges that a manager goes through innning by inning as well as how to position your players to give the team the best opportunity to win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book also shows that itis very hard being a manager in baseball. Well not just baseball, pretty much any sport. This book also shows that it is hard to be a baseball player. Anybody like me would think that a misquito could hit the ball, but it is not as easy as it looks.
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DarinBob More than 1 year ago
As a Cardinals fan, I try not to have a biased opinion. That's not really hard because I never was a Tony La Russa guy, myself. He was successful, no doubt. I came of age around the end of Ozzie Smith's tenure with the Cardinals and that always left a bad taste in my mouth. However, I appreciate exactly what Tony was able to share with us from this book. I found a new respect for him that I wish I carried during his long and amazing career as the manager of the Cardinals. Most of all, I came to respect his style of leadership more by reading this book. Very good stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome in-depth look into the 2011 championship season through the eyes of one of the greatest managers of all time. Probably most entertaining to fans of the Cardinals and true admirers of America's past-time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! A must read for every Cardinal fan and for every baseball fan, as well! Tony is a true HOF manager.
efm More than 1 year ago
What a career and amazing man, husband, father. Hall Of Fame bound......
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We miss you Tony. You did a great job