White Sox Postseason Berth Includes Insane Tony La Russa Milestone

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Chicago White Sox clinched the AL Central Division title on Thursday, marking an incredible milestone for manager Tony La Russa.
The Chicago White Sox clinched the AL Central Division title on Thursday, marking an incredible milestone for manager Tony La Russa. / Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Thursday afternoon was a special moment for the South Side of Chicago. For the first time since 2008, the Chicago White Sox clinched their title as American League Central division champions.

This latest division title came with new manager Tony La Russa at the helm, and provided the Hall of Fame skipper one incredible milestone. La Russa's managerial career dates back to 1979 (a previous stop with the White Sox) and has been one of the best resumes we've ever seen.

In fact, with Chicago's postseason berth, La Russa accomplished something never done before in the long history of the MLB.

This postseason berth marked La Russa's fifth different decade to manage a playoff baseball team. He's accomplished postseason appearances in the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, 2010's and now, the 2020's.

Not to mention, La Russa has won six pennants and three World Series titles throughout his impressive 34-year managerial career.

White Sox Division Champs

During his first stint with the White Sox, from 1979-1986, La Russa took his team to the playoffs once during the 1983. Chicago lost in the ALCS that year to the eventual World Champion Baltimore Orioles.

La Russa then spent a decade with the Oakland Athletics, from 1986-1995. That stretch saw four postseason appearances, three pennants and one World Series Championship in 1989.

From Oakland, La Russa went on to his most notable managerial job with the St. Louis Cardinals. From 1996-2011 (a span of three decades), La Russa made the playoffs nine different times while notching two World Series titles.

That brings this story to today. After a 10-year break from managing, La Russa is back in the postseason. That's exactly what Chicago's front office was after when they hired the legendary skipper: a World Series title.

There's still work to do, but the White Sox enter the postseason with +750 odds to win the championship on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!

Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.