St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced they will
retire the uniform No. 10 of former manager Tony La Russa prior to a Friday,
May 11 game against the Atlanta Braves.
With 1,408 wins at the helm of the Cardinals, La Russa is the winningest
manager in team history. He announced his retirement shortly after the team
won its 11th World Series title last fall.
The 67-year-old skipper went out as the third winningest manager in major
league history with 2,728 victories for the White Sox (1979-1986), Athletics
(1986-1995) and Cardinals (1996-2011). Only Connie Mack has managed more games
than the 5,097 La Russa has skippered.
"Tony's managerial tenure with the Cardinals will always stand out as one of
the greatest eras in Cardinals history," said Bill DeWitt, Jr., Cardinals
Chairman and CEO. "His passion for winning and his leadership skills were
hallmarks of a style that Cardinals fans will always remember with fondness.
We look forward to May 11th as we will honor Tony for his historic
achievements as a Cardinal."
He led the Cardinals to eight division titles, three National League pennants
and two World Series championships.
La Russa's uniform No. 10 will be the 12th retired by the Cardinals. He will
join Whitey Herzog as the only managers who didn't play for the team to have
their uniform numbers retired.
La Russa, who is currently working as a consultant with Major League Baseball,
will manage the National League All-Star team at this year's contest in Kansas
City on Tuesday, July 10.
The Sports Network