New book: How much did dealing with ‘media nonsense’ impact La Russa decision to retire?

I covered Tony La Russa during what had to be the low point in his career. In 1986, I took over as the White Sox beat writer for the Chicago Tribune.

That was the year Ken Harrelson assumed the role of general manager. Let’s just say it was a bad marriage. It resulted with La Russa being fired in June of that year.

Given what La Russa went on to accomplish in Oakland and St. Louis, there’s little question why Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf called it the one decision he regrets the most.

I had a good relationship with La Russa during that season with the Sox and several years thereafter when he was in Oakland. I always found him to be fair, interesting and accomodating. I do recall I have never seen a coach or manager suffer more after a defeat.

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Remembering Jack Buck in St. Louis 10 years after his death

Just caught up with this story by Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the 10-year anniversary of the death of Jack Buck.

Not that anyone needed to be reminded, but Caesar does a nice job of reporting just how much the legendary broadcaster meant to the baseball-crazy town.

From Bob Costas:

“It’s hard to imagine a St. Louisan — Stan Musial might be someone who would  be in that category — whose life and whose passing would have as much an impact  on such a wide swath of the community,” recalls Bob Costas, who has become  perhaps America’s top sportscaster after having his start at KMOX in 1974 when  Buck was its sports director. “Just about everybody felt in some sense they knew  Jack Buck. Even people who weren’t avid baseball fans had some memories or  experiences surrounding

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