With the White Sox, he would lead the team to a West Division Title, losing in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) to the Baltimore Orioles, in 1983. He would also win the Manager of the Year Award that year for the American League (AL.)
With the Athletics, he would lead the team to three consecutive West Division Titles and three AL Pennants between 1988 and 1990, as well as the 1989 World Series. He would also be named the AL Manager of the Year in 1988 and 1992. The team would also win the West Division Title in 1992, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS.
In St. Louis, Mr. La Russa would win his fourth Manager of the Year Award (2002) and would lead the Cardinals to the Central Dvision Title in 1996, 200, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009. He would lead the team to the 2006 and 2011 World Series titles, and the 2004, 2006, and 2011 NL Pennants. The team would also win the wild card in 2001 and 2011.
Mr. La Russa retired the first time after the 2011 season, and would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014. Between 2014 and 2020, he would also hold office positions with MLB, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Boston Red Sox.
Mr. La Russa’s 2,895 wins as a manager are second only to Connie Mack, and good for a .536 winning percentage in 5,374 games. He is the first manager to win multiple Pennants in both leagues and the second manager to win the World Series with teams from both leagues. He is one of four managers to win the Manager of the Year award in both leagues and the second manager (after Connie Mack) to win a World Series in three different decades and win the Pennant in four differnt decades.