Tony LaRussa Retires

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Manager Tony LaRussa
ST. LOUIS (CBS/AP) - Tony La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers.<br /><br /> "I think this just feels like it's time to end it," the 67-year-old La Russa said at a news conference at Busch Stadium.<br /><br /> The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa's 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25 for the final playoff spot in the National League.<br /><br /> La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, 35 behind second-place John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.<br /><br /> "Other than some of the personal attachments, I feel good," La Russa said. "I feel good that this is the right decision."<br /><br /> <strong>In honor of Tony La Russa, we recap his years with the Oakland Athletics...</strong></a><br /><br /> (Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
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Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1986: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on during an MLB game circa 1986 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1988: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on during batting practice prior to an MLB game circa 1988 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1988: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics speaks with pitcher Dave Stewart #34 as catcher Terry Steinbach #36 looks on during nn MLB game circa 1988 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1989: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics prepares to hit a ground ball to the infield during batting practice prior to an MLB game circa 1989 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Tony La Russa and Doug Rader talkaManager Tony LaRussa
Tony La Russa and Doug Rader talkaManager Tony LaRussa
ANAHEIM, CA 1989: (L-R) Manager Tony La Russa of the Oakland Athletics talks with manager Doug Rader of the California Angels prior to a game at Anaheim Stadium during the 1989 season in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Otto Greule/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during an MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1990: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during an MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during an MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Rickey Henderson #24 and Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics meet at the mouth of the dugout during their MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1990: Rickey Henderson #24 and Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics meet at the mouth of the dugout during their MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Rickey Henderson #24 and Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics meet at the mouth of the dugout during their MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
CIRCA 1990: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on during batting practice prior to an MLB game circa 1990. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1990: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during an MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1990: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics gets in between an MLB umpire and Carney Lansford #4 at home plate during an MLB game circa 1990 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: (L-R) Manager Tony LaRussa, pitcher Mike Moore #21, Carney Lansford #4, catcher Terry Steinbach #36 and Willie Randolph #30 of the Oakland Athletics confer on the mound during Game Three of the 1990 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds on October 19, 1990 at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Reds defeated the Athletics 14-7.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
CHICAGO - JULY 1990: (L-R) Managers Jim Leyland of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Don Zimmer of the Chicago Cubs, Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics and Roger Craig of the San Francisco Giants look on during batting practice prior to the1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field circa July 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Steve Goldstein/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
1990: Second baseman Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics waits for his turn at bat. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
1990: MANAGER TONY LARUSSA OF THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
TORONTO - JULY 9: (L-R) Cito Gaston of the Toronto Blue Jays and manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Atheltics look on during batting practice prior to the1991 All-Star Game at the Toronto Sky Dome on July 9, 1991 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
TORONTO - JULY 9: Managers Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics and Lou Pinella of the Cincinnati Reds pose for a photo together during batting practice prior to the1991 All-Star Game at the Toronto Sky Dome on July 9, 1991 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
BOSTON - MAY 23: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics paces in the dugout during their MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 23, 1992 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 22: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics speaks to the umpire during a break in MLB game action against the New York Yankees at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 22, 1992 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 22: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout prior to their MLB game against the California Angels at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 22, 1992 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 8: Managers Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics and Butch Hobson of the Boston Red Sox confer with game umpires during a break in MLB game action between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 8, 1993 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
MILWAUKEE - AUGUST 26: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the pitching mound with his catcher at they wait for a new pitcher to enter the game during their MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Milwaukee County Stadium on August 26, 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
MARCH 18: Rickey Henderson #24 of the Oakland Athletics speaks to Manager Tony LaRussa during their MLB spring training game against the California Angels on March 18, 1994. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
MARCH 18: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on during a spring training game against the Anaheim Angels on March 18, 1994.
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
7 Aug 1994: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during a game at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics looks on from the dugout during their MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 11, 1995 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
OAKLAND, : Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cuban emigre Ariel Prieto (C) talks with A's manager Tony LaRussa (L) and catcher Terry Steinbach during his Major League debut against the Toronto Blue Jays 07 July in Oakland, California. The Blue Jays won 4-2. AFP PHOTOS (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Manager Tony LaRussa
Manager Tony LaRussa
8 Jul 1995: Manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland A''s walks toward the umpire during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Blue Jays won the game 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
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