The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the cap selections for the 2014 inductees, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas on Thursday. The big surprises came from La Russa and even more so from Maddux, both of whom will enter the HOF with blank caps.
For La Russa this makes sense. I know a lot of fans who were asking, "A's or Cardinals? A's or Cardinals?" Living in Northern California most were hoping for La Russa to enter the hall as an Oakland Athletic. But the choice to enter such a prestigious, historical place as one thing or another has to be a hard decision to make, especially for La Russa and the HOF committee. The committee ultimately chooses the cap but they take the player/manager's wishes into their consideration.
Many forget that La Russa was not only the manager for the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals but also the Chicago White Sox. Granted his accomplishments in both St. Louis and Oakland were what made his career, it does make sense for that to be the real question. La Russa was manager of the White Sox for eight seasons, the Athletics for ten and the Cardinals for his final 16 seasons.
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