Tony La Russa–St. Louis Cardinals manager

Tony La Russa–the St. Louis Cardinals manager (one of only two managers to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues), and longtime animal advocate–discusses his formative years growing up in Tampa without much exposure to animals, how the incident of rescuing a frightened feral cat that ran onto the field during a 1990 A’s-Yankee game largely spurred he and his wife Elaine to create Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), the early steps and evolution of ARF, some of the services and programs now offered by ARF, the biggest challenges facing the organization nearly 17 years later, what he currently considers the most significant animal issue (pet overpopulation), and more. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Steve Martin’s “Cat Handcuffs” []
MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright’s “Animal Song,” Minus The Bear’s “Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Jethro Tull’s “Mother Goose”

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