Hall of Fame selection humbles La Russa
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols read the text message on his phone early Monday morning, he was struck by its simplicity. Leave it to the manager he loved for his single-minded pursuit of winning and often described as "like a father" to distill the achievement of a lifetime into four, direct words. "They voted me in." What the sentence lacked in flair it made up in meaning. Tony La Russa, the winningest manager in Cardinals history, had been voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Bobby Cox and Joe Torre as managers selected by this year's expansion-era committee. The vote was announced Monday at the game's annual ...