Tis the season: Hall honors three “Wise Men”

December 9, 2013

Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby CoxFrom ESPN.com:

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball’s winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.

Books about these gentlemen include:

Joe Torre

  • The Yankee Years by Torre with Tom Verducci
  • Joe Torre’s Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success, Joe Torre and Henry Dreher
  • Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series, by Torre with Verducci

Tony LaRussa:

  • One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season, by LaRussa with Rick Hummel
  • Tony La Russa: Man on a Mission, by Rob Rains
  • Three Nights in August, by Buzz Bissinger

Bobby Cox

  • In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me, by Lang Whitaker

High honors indeed. But still shut out: Marvin Miller. Some of us are speculating that for some reason the baseball establishment still holds a grudge against the later Players’ Union director for “freeing the slaves.”

  • A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution, by Miller
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