As most St. Louis Cardinals fans already know, retired manager Tony La Russa already has two Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on his summer 2014 calendar, on top of his numerous duties as a special assistant to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Now, there will be a third, right in his backyard.
First will be the ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on July 27. There, La Russa will be inducted with fellow managerial greats Joe Torre and Bobby Cox along with ex-players Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.
Tentatively scheduled on August 16, the St. Louis Cardinals are planning a ceremony to induct the inaugural class into their new team Hall of Fame, located in the new Ballpark Village development across from Busch Stadium.
To set the stage for the others will be an honor very close to La Russa’s long-time California home, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
La Russa will be among five men honored at the BASHOF enshrinement banquet at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on May 7, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The 69-year-old managed the Oakland A’s to three American League pennants and one World Series title during the 10-year period from 1986 through 1995.
The BASHOF 2014 class also includes Olympian Jim Hines, ex-San Jose Shark Owen Nolan, former San Francisco Giants owner Bob Lurie and De La Salle High School (Concord) football coach Bob Ladouceur.