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Players and fans love him or hate him, so it's surprising that people know very little about St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's life; this biography goes behind the scenes of one of the most iconic figures in baseball today to show the influences behind his intensity and uncompromising focus, why winning every game possible is important to him, and why he often puts the game ahead of his private and personal life. Including interviews with past and current players, managers, executives, and even La Russa himself and intensive research from newspapers, magazines, and other archive material, the book reconstructs La Russa's life from his days as a young boy growing up in Tampa, where he spoke Spanish before he learned English, to his standing as the third-winningest manager in baseball history.
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About the Author
Rob Rains is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor in the school of communications at Webster University, and a former writer for United Press International, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and USA Today Baseball Weekly. He is the author or coauthor of 25 books and is a lifetime member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball Writers Association of America. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Joe Buck is a play-by-play sportscaster for Fox who has won numerous Sports Emmy Awards.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joe Buck xi
Chapter 1 Early Years 1
Chapter 2 Bonus Baby 17
Chapter 3 Learning to Manage 33
Chapter 4 "Yes, He's Ready." 43
Chapter 5 The Critics Speak Up 59
Chapter 6 Building a Foundation 67
Chapter 7 Searching for an Edge 89
Chapter 8 A New Beginning 105
Chapter 9 Success…Almost 115
Chapter 10 Erasing the Pain 125
Chapter 11 Three in a Row 137
Chapter 12 End of an Era 147
Chapter 13 The Canseco Problem 155
Chapter 14 Moving On 171
Chapter 15 Meet Me in St. Louis 181
Chapter 16 The McGwire-Sosa Show 195
Chapter 17 A Championship Run 209
Chapter 18 Tragedy Strikes 223
Chapter 19 The Struggles Continue 237
Chapter 20 Vindicated 253
Chapter 21 The Road Ahead 267