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Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has book deal

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 9:03 p.m. CDT

NEW YORK — Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career.

William Morrow — an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers — announced Monday that "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season" is tentatively scheduled to come out this fall. The book will be co-written by Rick Hummel, a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

La Russa retired last fall after managing the Cardinals to a dramatic World Series title, when the team beat the Texas Rangers after coming within one strike of elimination twice. During the regular season, St. Louis rallied to make the playoffs despite having been 10 1/2 games behind.

"This is a story, not only of dramatic moments, but how those dramatic moments were produced," La Russa said in a statement released by Morrow. "This is a story about being 10 1/2 games out, a historic comeback and winning a World Series championship as an underdog. People ask me 'How did you do it?' This book will explain how."

The 67-year-old La Russa spent more than 30 years as a manager, and his 2,728 wins is the third highest in major league history. His career included three World Series championships — two with St. Louis, one with the Oakland Athletics — and six league championships.


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