A timeline of Tony La Russa's major league managerial career:

Aug. 2, 1979: Hired by the Chicago White Sox. At 34, he'sthe youngest manager in the majors.

1983: Is voted American League Manager of the Year after leading the White Sox to their first postseason berth in 24 years.

June 20, 1986: Fired by the White Sox.

July 2, 1986: Hired by the Oakland A's.

1988: Is voted American League Manager of the Year after leading the A's to their first postseason berth in 13 years.

1989: Leads the A's to World Series championship.

1990: Becomes the 12th manager in baseball history (the fourth since World War II) to lead a team to the World Series in three consecutive seasons.

July 15, 1991: Earns 1,000th career victory in A's 3-2 win over Baltimore

1992: Voted American League Manager of the Year after leading the A's to their fourth division championship in five years.

Oct. 23, 1995: Leaves A's to sign a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. "I believe in high goals," he says upon taking his new job. "I believe in big dreams."

2002: Voted National League Manager of the Year after leading the Cardinals to the NLCS.

Oct. 20, 2003: Earns 2,000th career victory in Cardinals' 10-2 win over Colorado.

2004: Manages the Cardinals to their first National League pennant in 17 years.

2006: Manages the Cardinals to their first World Series championship in 24 years.

2011: Manages the Cardinals to the third World Series championship of his career.

Oct. 31, 2011: Announces his retirement as manager. Ends career with 2,728 wins, third in baseball history behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.