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Cardinals to retire Tony La Russa’s No. 10 this month

May 1, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The Cardinals tonight will announce their intention to honor the future Hall of Fame manager by retiring his No. 10 prior to a May 11 game against the Atlanta Braves. La Russa, now serving for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, has accepted the club’s invitation to attend what is believed to be an elaborate ceremony remember TLR’s 16-year term with the franchise.

La Russa had a franchise-best 1,408 wins as the Cardinals’ skipper, leading the club to nine postseason appearances and two World Series titles. He’s also the third-winningest manager in baseball history.

The Cardinals now feature 12 different retired numbers: 1 (Ozzie Smith), 2 (Red Schoendienst), 6 (Stan Musial), 9 (Enos Slaughther), 10 (La Russa), 14 (Ken Boyer), 17 (Dizzy Dean), 20 (Lou Brock), 24 (Whitey Herzog), 42 (Bruce Sutter and Jackie Robinson), 45 (Bob Gibson) and 85 (former owner August Busch).

  1. mybrunoblog - May 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    LaRussa is certainly deserving of this honor. Good for him.Cooperstown awaits too.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Somebody better try to start sobering him up today

  2. okwhitefalcon - May 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Cool of the Cards not to wait around on this one, well done.

    Now…

    Countdown to the always predicable TLR/DUI joke…

    3, 2, 1….

    • paperlions - May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      The Cardinals had to agree to an open bar during the ceremony to get TLR to come.

      There….how’s that? :-)

      • mgv38 - May 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        Or this: Tanqueray is sponsoring the fesitivities, with a free bottle of No. 10 gin to all in attendance.

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      La Russa, now serving for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig

      Wine steward, right?

  3. rcali - May 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Is this a picture of LaRussa pretending to be behind the wheel?

    • ajcardsfan - May 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      Obviously he’s planning his route before hand, he’s a smart drunk

      All joking aside, congrats to LaRussa, well deserved honor!

  4. winkeroni - May 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Way to go Tony!

    PS> The Cardinals also retired Rogers Hornsby’s non-number.

  5. bravojawja - May 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I can only assume each speaker will only be allowed to say a few words before La Russa takes them out for the next one.

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