With the recent resignation of Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, La Russa became the dean of head coaches and managers in American major professional sports. Sloan had helmed the NBA team since 1988, while La Russa has managed the Cardinals since '96.
La Russa has actually moved up the list very rapidly in recent months. Last October, Bobby Cox retired as manager of the Atlanta Braves, making La Russa's tenure with the Cardinals the longest of any Major League Baseball manager with his current team. Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Titans, also had a tenure that predated La Russa's time in St. Louis, but Fisher and the Titans parted ways late in January.
La Russa, 66, has a 1,318-1,110 record in 15 seasons managing the Cardinals, with eight playoff appearances, two pennants and one World Series title. For his career, he's 2,638-2,293 with 13 trips to the postseason, five World Series appearances and two championships. La Russa ranks third on the all-time MLB wins list.
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