Magazine article Vegetarian Times

One-on-One with Tony la Russa

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

One-on-One with Tony la Russa

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This major league manager goes to bat for animals

Five-time Manager of the Year-winner Tony La Russa has helmed the St Louis Cardinals since 1996. A former infielder, La Russa places third on Major League Baseball's roster of all-time managerial wins. 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 (, a nonprofit that La Russa, 64, cofounded with his wife, Elaine, in 1991. ARF provides adoption, dog training, emergency veterinary assistance, and other services for abandoned animals.

Q When did you go veg?

A Back in 1977, when I was a I came back from a road trip, and my wife was watching a PBS documentary on how veal comes co the table. As soon as I 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 then chicken and turkey, and then ftsh. Within a year to a year and a we were totally vegetarian.

Q What led you to start ARF?

A In 1990, I was managing the Oakland A's, and we played a televised game against the Yankees. …

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