TONY LA RUSSA It was the March 12,

TONY LA RUSSA

It was the March 12, 1990, cover of Sports Illustrated that identified La Russa, then managing the A's, as "The Mastermind." That brought him a "genius" label he has passively/aggressively rejected, but after watching the Cardinals' rise in the last month, can anyone dispute that La Russa is one of the best all-time at what he does?
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