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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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On the last day of October 2011, Tony La Russa ended a fifty-year in baseball when he announced his retirement. This four-time Manager of the Year went out on a high note, having just won his third World Series. For the St. Louis Cardinals skipper, the last championship had been no easy pickings: As late as August 24th, statisticians gave them only a one percent chance of making the playoffs. Even after their astonishing end of the season run to capture the National League pennant, they still had to come from behind to win the World Series. In One Last Strike, one of baseball's most beloved men describes a comeback that no true fan will soon forget. A Barnes & Noble bestseller; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062231901
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 582,863
  • File size: 319 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Go Cardinals

    We miss you Tony. You did a great job

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Tony, we miss your insight!

    What a great read! A must read for every Cardinal fan and for every baseball fan, as well! Tony is a true HOF manager.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Anymous

    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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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    A Book On Leadership as Much as Baseball

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Great for any fan of the redbirds!

    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.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    Excellent

    What a career and amazing man, husband, father. Hall Of Fame bound......

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