(CBS) - There is no better definition of "going out on top" thanthat he is leaving baseball. The 67-year-old manager has led the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series championships, won a title for the Oakland A's in 1989, and is retiring as one of the greatest managers in baseball history. But just how good was La Russa? Let's look at some numbers.
One. Back in 2006, La Russa became the first manager to win multiple pennants in both leagues. At six total, La Russa's record is split evenly between the Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals at three apiece.
Two. That same year, La Russa won his first World Series with the Cardinals, his second overall. The 2006 win and his 1989 championship with Oakland make La Russa only the second manager in history to win a title across both leagues.
Three. La Russa's total championship count stands at three (1989, 2006, 2011.) La Russa is tied for sixth on the list of all-time Series wins for managers. (Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel are tied for first with seven titles.)
Thirty-three. The 67-year-old manager has spent over half his life in baseball. In addition to his years as a player, La Russa has been a major league manager for 33 seasons. He made his major league debut as a player with the Kansas City Athletics way back in 1962.
Seventy. With 70 post-season wins under his belt, La Russa is one of the best fall baseball managers in history. Only Joe Torre has won more games in the post-season.
2,728. Across his storied career, La Russa has racked up 2,728 total wins in the regular season. That puts him in third for most wins in baseball history (behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.)
In the press conference announcing La Russa's retirement, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said, "Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be remembered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history."
A legacy of success, a legacy of winning, a legacy of being one of the greatest managers to ever stand in a dugout.