Tony La Russa Heading Back To His Bay Area Home (Photo)
Now that Tony La Russa has made the decision to ride off into the sunset, the certain future Hall of Fame manager will once again take up full-time residence in the San Francisco Bay Area unincorporated city of Alamo, California. Located 30 miles east of San Francisco, La Russa has lived in this ritzy enclave since his 10-year stint as field manager for the Oakland Athletics. The O.co Coliseum (formerly and more commonly known as the Oakland Coliseum) sits 25 driving miles from Alamo.
La Russa’s picturesque, nearly two acre property, boasts a 7,481 square foot, five bedroom/five and a half bathroom home. Take a look at an aerial photo of the 23-year-old residence, which sits near the palatial hills of Mt. Diablo State Park.
Alamo and the adjacent incorporated town of Danville are a bit of a hub for Major League Baseball figures, including Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and A’s general manager/”Moneyball” inspiration Billy Beane.
Danville is also home to Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the legendary pilot who of course safely landed his US Airways plane onto the Hudson River, between New Jersey and New York.
Ironically, longtime La Russa ally and current Cardinals hitting instructor, Mark McGwire, also lived in Alamo during his 12-year career with the Athletics.
Besides the game of baseball, La Russa’s other great passion involves his love of animals, most notably his work with finding homes and improving the lives of uncared for dogs and cats. The three-time World Series winning manager is the co-founder and chairman of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, based in nearby Walnut Creek, California.
According to the organization’s website, Tony and Elaine La Russa’s Alamo residence is home to one bunny, five dogs, five mice and 14 cats.
With the months of February through October suddenly free of baseball, one would think that La Russa’s affection for animals may very well become his year-round, full-time pursuit.