One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half by Tony La Russa

By Tony La Russa

The workforce that refused to renounce
their supervisor in his ultimate season
A comeback that modified baseball

After thirty-three seasons coping with in significant League Baseball, Tony los angeles Russa idea he had noticeable it all—that is, until eventually the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a part video games with little greater than a month to play, the Cardinals had lengthy been governed out as severe postseason contenders. but within the face of these steep odds, this crew fastened some of the most dramatic and bold comebacks in baseball background, making the playoffs at the evening of the ultimate video game of the season and happening to win the realm sequence regardless of being all the way down to their final strike—twice.

Now l. a. Russa provides the interior tale at the back of this marvelous comeback and his impressive occupation, explaining how a crew with a lot opposed to it was once in a position to be successful on baseball's greatest degree. commencing up in regards to the devastating accidents, the bullpen struggles, the an important video games, and the avid gamers who made all of it attainable, he finds how the team's personality formed its accomplishments, demonstrating how this team got here jointly in sturdy occasions and in undesirable to turn into that rarest of items: a crew that really enjoyed it whilst the percentages have been opposed to them.

yet this tale is far greater than that of a unmarried season. As los angeles Russa, the third-winningest supervisor in baseball background, explains, their season was once the end result of an entire life spent learning the sport. Laying naked his usually scrutinized and regularly misunderstood method of dealing with, he explains his counterintuitive trust in technique over outcome, current moments over records, and crew cohesion over person expertise. alongside the way in which he stocks the tales from all through his profession that formed his outlook—from his first days handling the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his victorious tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving supervisor. surroundings the list instantly on his famously extreme kind, he explores the very important but neglected position that his own relationships together with his avid gamers have contributed to his victories, finally displaying how, in a activity usually ruled by way of chilly, challenging numbers, the key to his good fortune has been unusually human.

conversing candidly approximately his choice to retire, los angeles Russa discusses the adjustments that he'd saw either within the video game and in himself that advised him, regardless of his luck, it used to be time to hold up his spikes. the result is a passionate, insightful, and noteworthy examine our nationwide hobby that takes you behind the curtain of the comeback that not anyone inspiration attainable and contained in the brain of 1 of the game's maximum managers.

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29 On another occasion, some years later, Johnson expressed his joy at being able to play baseball for a living. 30 Many honors were bestowed on Johnson before his death and afterward. He died in 1989 from complications of stroke. A baseball field was named for him in Wilmington, Delaware, and Johnson was chosen as a member of the charter class of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Delaware fans also began an annual tribute to Johnson in the 1990s, establishing a Judy Johnson Night and a gathering for Negro Leagues baseball.

I’m the boss,” he said of those days. BUCK O’NEIL 11 In 1955, after the Kansas City Monarchs closed shop, Buck O’Neil joined the Chicago Cubs as a scout—he signed Ernie Banks and Hall of Famer Lou Brock for the team. In 1962, the Cubs made O’Neil the majors’ first black coach. “I could go out, but I couldn’t go with them. It was too bad. ”30 However, from a business standpoint, O’Neil was blessed with an eighteen-yearold newcomer who obviously had the talent to go far. That is when O’Neil met future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who later excelled for two decades at shortstop and first base with the Chicago Cubs.

29 On another occasion, some years later, Johnson expressed his joy at being able to play baseball for a living. 30 Many honors were bestowed on Johnson before his death and afterward. He died in 1989 from complications of stroke. A baseball field was named for him in Wilmington, Delaware, and Johnson was chosen as a member of the charter class of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Delaware fans also began an annual tribute to Johnson in the 1990s, establishing a Judy Johnson Night and a gathering for Negro Leagues baseball.

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