Animals, Veg Celebrities

Veggie leads Cardinals to World Series Win

Vegetarian for over 30 years, Tony LaRussa has just led the St. Louis Cardinals to a big World Series win. The 67-year-old St. Louis Cardinals manager, fresh off winning his third world championship ring, announced his retirement on Monday after 33 seasons of managing in the major leagues, the last 16 with the Cardinals, who wrapped up the World Series triumph over the Texas Rangers on Friday. La Russa began his Major League Baseball career as an infielder in the majors with the Athletics, Braves and Cubs from 1963 to 1973. He began his major league managing career in 1979 with the Chicago White Sox.  LaRussa leaves the game with 2,728 career wins, third on the all-time list and only 35 shy of John McGraw.

No-one doubts this devoted vegetarian is headed for the baseball Hall of Fame – he’s already made our vegetarian Hall of Fame. LaRussa began his journey to the vegetarian way after learning about how animals were being treated, “Back in 1977, when I was a player-coach, I came back from a road trip, and my wife was watching a PBS documentary on how veal comes to the table. As soon as I walked in the door, she said, “We will never eat veal again.” So that started it. Very soon after, all red meat disappeared from our plates, and the chicken and turkey, and then fish. Within a year to a year and a half, we were totally vegetarian.”

Tony and his wife, Elaine, founded the Animal Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit that provides services for abandoned animals, such as vet assistance and adoption. Now he’s part of another winning recipe: a line of all-natural vegetarian salad dressings and marinades, developed by close friends Bill and Catherine Dieterich and dubbed At-the-Plate. A portion of proceeds benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation.


About Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written several nationally published books, including our latest book "In Pursuit of Great Food: A Plant-based shopping guide", which provides valuable information on what to buy and how to choose great food. Our other books include "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style, the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", and a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or


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