2009 Topps #131: Joe Torre began his managerial career while he was still playing for the NY Mets in 1977 (get TWIB season 1 DVD for his interview). He continued managing the Mets with little success through the 1981 season. It was with the ATL Braves where Torre really began to start experiencing his success as a manager. In 1982, he led the Braves to a 1st place finish in the division, then 2nd place in 1983, and 3rd place in 1984. Torre wouldn't manage again until 1990, when he took the helm of the STL Cardinals for 6 seasons, leading the team to 2nd or 3rd place finishes during 4 of those years. Torre's Hall of Fame managerial career probably began with the NY Yankees in 1996, when he led the team to 4 World Series Championship during his first 5 years as the Yankees boss. Torre would eventually lead the Yankees to another 2 more World Series appearances during his 12 total years with the Yankees, and 1st place Division finishes during 10 of those seasons. Torre finished off the last 3 seasons of his 29-year managerial career with two 1st place Division finishes for the LA Dodgers. He won the Manager of the Year award twice.
2009 Topps #401: Tony LaRussa began his managerial career with the Chicago White Sox in 1979, where he remained for nearly 8 seasons. His team finished above .500 during 4 of his first 7 seasons with one 1st place division finish above .600 in 1983. LaRussa left the White Sox after 64 games in 1986 to become Oakland's third manager for the year, leading the Athletics to a 3rd place division finish during his first two seasons out of his ten total seasons with the A's. During his third year as manager of the A's in 1988, LaRussa took the team to the World Series for the first time since 1974. The A's would make 3 straight World Series appearances between 1988-1990, winning it all once in 1989. He would lead the A's to another 1st place division finish in 1992. In 1996, began his 16 year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals that would last through the 2011 season. During that time LaRussa led the Cardinals to 13 winning seasons with 7 division pennants, 3 league pennants, and 2 World Series championships. LaRussa's managerial career spanned 33 years. He won the Manager of the Year award 4 times.
2009 Topps #17: Bobby Cox's 29-year managerial career began and ended with the Atlanta Braves in 1978. He led the team to a winning season during his first four years through 1981. Cox spent the next four seasons managing the Toronto Blue Jays between 1982-1985, leading the team to 3 winning seasons with a division pennant during his final year. Cox took over as the Braves manager again in 1990, where he would remain for the next 21 years through the 2010 season. He led the Braves to 14 division pennants, 5 league pennants, and 1 World Series championship in 1995. Cox won the Manager of the Year award 4 times.