Hall-of-Famer Tony La Russa Hired to Manage White Sox

Chicago announced the three-time World Series champion's hiring on Thursday

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Tony La Russa looks on before a game at Fenway Park in Boston in 2019.
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On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox announced that Hall-of-Famer Tony La Russa will be the next manager of their ballclub.

La Russa, a three-time World Series champion who last managed the St. Louis Cardinals and retired in 2011 after winning the World Series, has a 2,728-2,365 career record.

The 76-year-old previously managed the White Sox from 1979-86 and posted a 522-510 record with a single playoff appearance in 1983. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called La Russa’s dismissal in ’86 one of the worst mistakes of his ownership tenure.

In addition to three World Series titles, La Russa has won six pennants in 33 years as a manager. He joins Jack McKeon as the only other manager in MLB history to take over a team at the age of 75 or older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. McKeon was 80 when he took over the Marlins in 2011.

Rick Renteria managed the White Sox in 2020 and guided the team to a 35-25 record and the club’s first playoff appearance since 2008. However, the organization did not deem him to be a good fit and Renteria and the White Sox parted ways following the season.

Chicago lost 2-1 to the Athletics in the wild-card round.

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