On June 21st, 2009, former Cards manager Tony La Russa collected his 2,500th career victory in a 12-5 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Adam Wainwright was the winning pitcher and Albert Pujols hit 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in the victory. With the win, La Russa cemented his place as one of baseball’s greatest managers by becoming just the third manager in MLB history to reach the 2,500 wins milestone, joining John McGraw and Connie Mack.

In a managing career that spanned 33 seasons with three teams, La Russa finished with 2,728 career wins, finishing third behind Mack (3,731 wins) and McGraw (2,763). La Russa began his managing career with the Chicago White Sox from 1979 until 1986, when he was named the Oakland A’s manager. As a manager for the A’s, La Russa won a World Series title in 1989 and two AL pennants before becoming the Cards manager in 1996.

Tony La Russa as a manager for the Oakland A’s

With the Cardinals, La Russa won two World Series titles (2006 and 2011) and a National League pennant. La Russa retired after the 2011 World Series title as the winningest manager in Cardinals history with 1,408 victories.

Tony La Russa holding the 2011 World Series trophy.