ST. LOUIS (AP) - Three-time World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa will deliver the commencement speech Friday as nearly 3,000 students graduate from Washington University in St. Louis.
La Russa's address will give him practice for another one he will deliver this summer _ when he's inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. He managed the Oakland A's to the 1989 championship and the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series wins in 2006 and 2011. He retired following the 2011 championship.
It will be the 153rd commencement for Washington University. Five honorary degrees will be handed out, including one to H&R Block co-founder Henry W. Bloch and another to David E. Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony.