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One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa


The team that refused to give up
their manager in his closing season
A comeback that changed baseball

After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa idea he had seen it all—that’s, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little greater than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been dominated out as serious postseason contenders. Yet within the face of these steep odds, this workforce installed some of the dramatic and ambitious comebacks in baseball historical past, making the playoffs on the night time of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series regardless of being down to their last strike—twice.

Now La Russa offers the inside story behind this incredible comeback and his remarkable profession, explaining how a staff with a lot towards it used to be in a position to prevail on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating accidents, the bullpen struggles, the an important video games, and the players who made it all that you can think of, he reveals how the team's persona shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group got here together in good occasions and in dangerous to change into that rarest of things: a workforce that in fact enjoyed it when the chances have been in opposition to them.

However this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the 1/3-winningest supervisor in baseball historical past, explains, their season used to be the fruits of a lifetime spent learning the game. Laying naked his continuously scrutinized and steadily misunderstood strategy to managing, he explains his counterintuitive perception in course of over end result, current moments over records, and team cohesion over individual talent. Along the best way he shares the tales from all over his occupation that shaped his outlook—from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his positive tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Environment the report straight on his famously extreme style, he explores the essential but lost sight of position that his personal relationships together with his gamers have contributed to his victories, indirectly showing how, in a sport often ruled through cold, arduous numbers, the secret to his success has been fairly human.

Talking candidly about his resolution to retire, La Russa discusses the adjustments that he'd observed each within the game and in himself that instructed him, regardless of his success, it was time to hold up his spikes. The end result’s a passionate, insightful, and remarkable take a look at our nationwide hobby that takes you in the back of the scenes of the comeback that no person notion that you can imagine and within the thoughts of one of the crucial game's finest managers.

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e-Book Details

Writer: Tony La Russa Publisher: William Morrow Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 432

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