Tony La Russa is an American professional baseball coach and former player. Tony La Russa is the manager of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Tony La Russa came into this world October 4, 1944. He is currently 77 years old and his zodiac sign is Libra. His birth name is Anthony La Russa Jr. He was born in Tampa’s Old Picture, Florida, USA. His parents are Anthony and Olivia La Russa. Additionally, Tony has Italian and Spanish ancestry and is fluent in Spanish.
After graduating from Jefferson High School, Tony was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as a middle infielder in June 1962, with a clause to pay for his college education. This personality is a graduate of the University of South Florida. And after his playing career, Tony earned a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University.
Tony is the manager of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). As such, his MLB career spanned multiple roles from 1963 to the present. Also, Tony is the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics. Similarly, in 33 years as manager, he led his teams to three World Series titles, six league championships and 13 division titles.
However, his 2,821 wins are the second most for a major league manager, behind only Connie Mack. And as a player, he made his major league debut in 1963 and spent portions of 5 major league seasons with the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.
Additionally, after suffering a shoulder injury in the 1964-65 off-season, Tony played much of his career in the minor leagues until his retirement in 1977. Tony was named manager of the White Sox midway through the 1979 season and led the White Sox to an American League West Division title four seasons later.
Although he was fired midway through the 1986 season, athletics hired him less than three weeks later, and he led the A’s to 3 consecutive American League championships from 1988-1990 and the 1989 World Series title. He also left Oakland after the 1995 season to manage the Cardinals. And led the team to 3 National League championships and World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.
This player retired after winning the 2011 title and 34 seasons as a major league manager. Three months later, Tony took a job as an assistant to former manager Joe Torre, the executive vice president of MLB operations. Similarly, this personality became the chief baseball officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.
Likewise, Tony joined the Los Angeles Angels in November 2019 as a senior advisor for baseball operations. Additionally, La Russa was named manager of the Chicago White Sox for a second time during the 2021 offseason following the firing of Rick Renteria.
This personality was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee on December 9, 2013. Also, on July 27, 2014, the induction ceremony was held in Cooperstown, New York. Additionally, on August 16, 2014, Tony was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.
He and his first wife Luzette Sarcone share two daughters, Andrea and Averie. They divorced in 1973 and Sarcone was given full custody of their daughters. Tony married Elaine Coker shortly after his divorce after Sarcone became official. And with Elaine he has two daughters, Bianca and Devon.
Tony and Elaine are the founders of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, USA. The foundation rescues abandoned and injured animals and conducts programs to bring dogs and cats to abused children, hospital patients, the elderly and the trapped.
This former player stands 1.82m or 5 feet 9 inches. Likewise, he’s a reasonable weight, but he didn’t mention his weight. Likewise, he has not publicly disclosed his other body stats. He has hazel eyes while his light brown hair turns white with age.
Social Media and Wealth
His Twitter Account “@TonyLaRussa” has earned over 73.9K followers. Besides Twitter, Tony is not active on any other social media platforms.
This famous personality has a net worth of around $30 million. Hence, Tony made his fortune as a team manager.