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La Russa Will Not Feature Team Logo On Hall Of Fame Cap

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Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa stands next to his jersey during ceremonies offically retiring his jersey number10, before the Atlanta Braves-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 11, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa stands next to his jersey during ceremonies offically retiring his jersey number10, before the Atlanta Braves-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 11, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the cap selections that will appear on the Hall of Fame plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2014.

Former Cardinals’ Skipper Tony La Russa has opted not to have any team logo featured on the cap in his plaque.

La Russa said, “The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career. In Oakland, we recorded four first-place finishes in 10 years, winning three pennants and a World Series. And in St. Louis, our clubs won three pennants and two titles in 16 years. 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.”

Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre will be formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Glavine, Maddux and Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on January 8, 2014. Cox, La Russa and Torre were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee one month earlier, December 8, 2013.

The logo inclusions for the Hall of Fame plaques for the other members of the class of 2014 were also announced today. Bobby Cox – Atlanta; Tom Glavine – Atlanta; Greg Maddux – no logo; Frank Thomas – Chicago White Sox; and Joe Torre – New York Yankees.

“The Museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense. For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable. Regardless of the selection, a Hall of Famer belong to every team for which he played or managed, as well as every fan who followed his career.”

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