(Tampa, Fl. - WFLA/Tbo.com) Another Tampa native has reached the hallowed halls of Cooperstown: Tony La Russa joined legendary Al Lopez in the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.
La Russa was elected, along with fellow managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre, on Monday by the hall’s Expansion Era Committee at baseball’s winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista.
La Russa is third in wins among managers with a 2,728-2,365 record that included time with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland and St. Louis. He won World Series titles with the Athletics in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
La Russa grew up in West Tampa and signed with the A’s out of Jefferson High School in 1962.
He will be inducted at the famed shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 27.
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