One Last Strikeby Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
(William Morrow, 2012, 420 pages)
One Last Strike by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel is the true story of Tony La Russa’s career in baseball with an emphasis on the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals championship season. In One Last Strike, La Russa explains his baseball philosophy, his management style, and his rise through the baseball ranks. La Russa has managed the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland A’s, and the St. Louis Cardinals. When he is eligible, Tony La Russa will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In One Last Strike, La Russa explains some of the strategies, pep talks, and motivational techniques that he used to help the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series. He talks about specific decisions that he made in the 2011 playoffs. La Russa also details his decision to retire and his bout with shingles.
One Last Strike is a must read for a St. Louis Cardinal fan. It can also be enjoyed by baseball fans in general. One Last Strike is well written and includes photographs of some of the highlights of La Russa’s career. One Last Strike is worth the read.