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One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Tony La Russa

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14. Mai 2013

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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After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all—until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike—twice.

Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his extraordinary career. One Last Strike is a passionate, insightful look at our national pastime that takes you behind the scenes of the comeback no one thought possible and inside the mind of one of the game's greatest managers.

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Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, as well as 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.

Rick Hummel has covered baseball for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for forty years. A former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, he has received numerous awards for his writing and has been honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Effort and Execution--Superb! 30. September 2012
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On September 1, 2011--one month before post-season play began--the baseball websites and algorithms gave La Russa's Cardinals a 2.6 chance of winning the division and a 1.7 chance of winning the wild card for a combined 4.3 chance of even playing post-season.

Baseball fans everywhere know what happened. La Russa tells us he ignored the sites as he "was more concerned with the basics of maintaining our hard-earned self-respect and respect from others...."

From most, this could sound like just one of many cliches. With superb writing from Hall of Fame sportswriter Rick Hummel, nothing in this wonderful book sounds trite. To the contrary, the stories are incredibly informative and inspiring--and timeless in nature.

La Russa opens with the end of a disappointing 2010. He almost retired. When player-leaders came up to him and said things had gotten too loose in clubhouse, La Russa felt he had lost his ability to instill constant "effort and execution"--the "Cardinal way." He had won World Series in both leagues and already was a certain Hall of Famer. But always, he was a fierce competitor. he couldn't depart after a season like 2010. He would leave after one more best shot.

He decides early on that it will be his final season and tells only his family and the owners. He even holds off telling his closest confidant, Dave Duncan, long-time chief aide, as he worries about Mrs. Duncan's illness.

His secret compartmentalized, from spring training through perhaps the most thrilling World Series ever, La Russa leads and motivates. Thanks to fresh writing, good memory (it helps that La Russa is so bright!) and insightful dialogue, the book reads smooth as silk. Throughout, the writers flash back to La Russa's trials and tribulations as a player and young manager. Experience truly matters. So does a thorough understanding of human nature; what motivates people.

One doesn't have to be a Cardinals or La Russa fan to enjoy this book immensely. The values, skills, acquired wisdom, travails and triumphs, transcend baseball and offer many life lessons. It doesn't pretend to be a great book on pure skills and training (see George Will's terrific "Men At Work"); it's not a prize-winning writer's enchanting take on a snapshot of great baseball (see David Halberstam's "Summer of '49" and "October 1964"); not as satisfying microscopically as Buzz Bissinger's "Three Nights in August" (highly recommend one read the latter for more on La Russa and "the Cardinal way"); or, as revelatory (for the times) as "Ball Four."

Instead, La Russa and Hummel show us an extraordinary life in baseball. On its own merits, this book deserves a spot among those other greats noted above.

...another big plus, at least in the hard-cover: lots of good color photos
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "INTRIGUING, INSPIRING, UPLIFTING!" 28. September 2012
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One of the greatest managers of all time, Tony La Russa delivers a remarkable story of the comeback, and his challenging career. The inside story is told from his first day as manager, to fame and success. The author's stories describe how team unity made it all happen, talented players, why present moments are crucial, and much more. He explains the championship years, how he got there, and his unique coaching style. In addition, Tony La Russa reveals team secrets, personal relationships, victories and what brings success. He tells it like it is in pure honesty of how a team learned to study a game, why he was misunderstood as a manager, and what it took to make a great comeback. His inspiring stories convey that a team fought to win, despite all odds against them. We learn about the struggles, the most important games, and suffering from injuries. A portrait is painted of a team that had incredible spirit, which led to achievements. This endearing memoir is powerful, heartfelt, and inspiring throughout. Highly Recommended to all baseball fans!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book 25. Dezember 2012
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Not only did we find out reasons behind some of the most famous game situation calls of a manager, but we get a glimpse of the genius of Tony La Russa himself. We also see that he realized he didn't always have the right calls but was ready to learn from his mistakes to take his team to a higher level. Tony lived and, yes, loved the game.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Gift 26. Dezember 2012
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Great Gift for a true Cardinal Baseball Fan and very well written. Liked this book better than Three Nights in August book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 25. Dezember 2012
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Great book. A must for the true Cardinal fan. It was great to relive the 2011 season from Tony's view.
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