(KTVI) - Tony La Russa has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Baseball's winter meetings started Monday in Orlando, Floridaand the former Cardinals manager was among those voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Expansion ERA Committee.
Mangers Joe Torre and Bobby Cox were also voted in unanimously. La Russa is third in all-time wins by a manager.
La Russa was with the Cardinals from 1996 until he retired in 2011 after the Cardinals won the World Series. Before that, La Russa managed the Oakland A's and the Chicago White Sox.
They will all be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown.
Among those excited by Tony LaRussa`s selection for the Baseball Hall of Fame are Cardinals fans, and leaders of local charitable organizations he has always been willing to help.
"He is well deserved going into the Hall of Fame," said Martin Mathews, President of the Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club of St. Louis.
When Jack Buck passed away, LaRussa stepped in to host the club's 'Jack Buck Night' every year.
"He raised money for us to work with thousands of young peopleand he was always there if you called him," Mathews said. "Whatever you needed, Tony was there."
LaRussa was also well known for his love of animals, as the founder of the California-based Animal Rescue Foundation.
But LaRussa has also been a generous supporter of Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
"Everyone is really excited," said Jen Foster of Stray Rescue. "He really deserves this honor because he has been so wonderful to the St. Louis community while he was here and to the animal lovers and the dog community," Foster said.
But for baseball fans, the Hall of Fame selection is about what LaRussa did in the dugout.
"It`s great recognition of an outstanding career," said fan Gary Schlansker.
"He was a wonderful leader of the St. Louis Cardinals."
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