Tony La Russa ends his career on top

Longtime manager won three World Series titles and is third all-time in wins (2,728)

Originally Published: October 31, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

In life, it very rarely works this way. In sports, it almost never does.

Ride on a parade float, showered in confetti, one day. Stroll off into the setting sun the next day.

This was the final chapter in the script that Tony La Russa got to write for himself Monday, the day he announced he was retiring as a big league manager. Francis Ford Coppola couldn't have written it any better.

At his press conference Monday morning, La Russa said the timing of this triumphant farewell ...

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