Tony La Russa, who spent eight years managing Chicago White Sox, 10 years with the A's and 16 with the St. Louis Cardinals, announced his decision Thursday regarding which cap he would wear on his Hall of Fame plaque.
His answer? None of the above.
"It's the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me,'' La Russa wrote in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
La Russa wrote that he remains grateful to the Chicago White Sox for giving him the start to his managerial career. He guided the White Sox for eight years starting in 1979 and won his first manager of the year award in 1983.
In 10 seasons with the A's starting in 1986, La Russa led the likes of Dave Stewart, Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire to three pennants, two more manager of the year awards and his first World Series title.
He finished his career with 16 seasons in St. Louis, where he won three pennants and two World Series.
Greg Maddux, whose career mostly consisted of 11 years with the Atlanta Braves and 10 with the Chicago Cubs, also opted for the no-cap route. "I can't think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases,'' Maddux said in a statement released by the Hall.
Maddux's longtime Braves teammate, Tom Glavine, will wear an Atlanta cap on his plaque, as will manager Bobby Cox. Frank Thomas will represent the Chicago White Sox, while manager Joe Torre will represent the New York Yankees.
Each Hall of Fame plaque will be revealed as the prelude to each electee's induction speech on July 27 in Cooperstown, NY.