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Tony La Russa book signing

Former longtime St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will be signing copies of his New York Times best-selling memour "One Last Strike" at Square Books tonight

The city of Oxford welcomes Tony La Russa as he will have a book signing tonight at 7 p.m. at Square Books.

La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team from 1996 to 2011 and won two World Series.

“One Last Strike” is a memoir in which La Russa gives the inside story behind his comeback and his career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball’s biggest stage.

Slade Lewis, floor manager at Square Books, said everyone in the signing line is required to have a ticket and at least one copy of the book. The cost of the book is $27.99.

“It’s a ticketed event, so with the purchase of a book you get a ticket that reserves your spot in line for the signing,” Lewis said.

Will Strouth, senior journalism major and St. Louis native, said anyone who reads La Russa’s book will not only learn about baseball and his career as manager, but also about life in general and how to overcome tough situations.

“He didn’t approach the game from an emotional perspective as he did a mathematical perspective, so he would always be grounded and make the right decision,” Strouth said.

“He would make his decision on not what he was feeling inside, but what he knew was going to work, and that’s what 30 years of baseball can do for you.”

Lewis said he doesn’t know how La Russa found Square Books, but that La Russa was quoted as saying that when he retires he wants to open a book store.