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

83%

7 Critic Reviews

...a remarkably uncompromising book, one that deserves a place on a short shelf with other minor-classic baseball memoirs
-WSJ online

Synopsis

One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

 

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Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, and also managed the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards, and is ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife, Elaine, founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California. They have two daughters, Bianca and Devon.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by William Morrow. 643 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for One Last Strike
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Marchman on Sep 25 2012

...a remarkably uncompromising book, one that deserves a place on a short shelf with other minor-classic baseball memoirs

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on Oct 05 2012

Some of the narrative borders on jargon...this is completely comprehensible to La Russa’s peers and uber-fans, but a mystery and perhaps a bit off-putting to the casual reader.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Dennis Drabelle on Oct 06 2012

For those moved by comebacks in sports, “One Last Strike” is a book to lift the spirit.

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St. Louis Today

Excellent
Reviewed by DANIEL DURCHHOLZ on Sep 15 2012

“One Last Strike” doesn’t court controversy, but neither does it shy away from talking about rough patches La Russa has faced over the years

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Only A Game

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Littlefield on Oct 20 2012

...it’s certainly fair to say that if you’re going to read a...pitch-by-pitch account of a run to a championship, the unlikely achievement of last season’s Cardinals provided some good material.

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Sports Book Review Center

Good
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Sep 17 2013

The conclusion: "One Last Strike" is a bit on the dry side - not many funny anecdotes, and few stories about the other members of the Cardinals' organization. So take it for what it is - a serious primer about how a great manager (third all-time in wins, I believe) went about his business. What's more, Cardinal fans will love the ending.

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Cardinal 70

Good
Sep 23 2012

It's a great look at the definitive personality of the last decade and a half of Cardinal baseball and, as long as you don't expect an expose, you'll enjoy just about every page.

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