ST. LOUIS, MO., May 1, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that the team will retire former manager Tony La Russa’s uniform #10 prior to the Cardinals’ Friday, May 11 game (7:15 p.m. CDT) against the Atlanta Braves.
La Russa, the winningest manager in St. Louis Cardinals franchise history, announced his retirement last October after a record 16 seasons as the team’s manager and after guiding the Cardinals to their 11th World Championship. He left the game ranked 3rd all-time in managerial wins (2,728) behind only John McGraw (2,763) and Connie Mack (3,731).
“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.”
La Russa’s uniform #10 will become the 12th retired by the Cardinals and the first since Whitey Herzog’s #24 in 2010. La Russa will join Herzog as the only managers who did not play for the team to have their uniform numbers retired. Red Schoendienst (#2 in 1996), Ken Boyer (#14 in 1984) and Rogers Hornsby both played and managed for the Redbirds.