Cardinals Retire La Russa’s Number
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A ceremony was held before Friday night’s Cardinals game to retire former manager Tony La Russa’s jersey number 10. The ballpark was full of celebrities both in and outside the world of baseball. A number 10 was even cut into the infield grass inside Busch Stadium.
La Russa managed the Cardinals to both their 10th World Series championship in 2006 and last year’s 11th in 2011.
Tony La Russa joined the likes of Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and even fellow manager Red Schoendeinst as the St. Louis Cardinals #10 became the 12th number retired by the team.
All of the above were in attendance for the ceremony which took place before the game.
Players from Tony’s former teams, the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox, were also in attendance along with other friends and family.
Adam Wainwright spoke on behalf of the current Cardinal players, and then Bill DeWitt Jr. presented Tony with a framed #10 jersey, and a gold plated Fungo bat.
La Russa gave a brief, humble speech with a few good one-liners that was book-ended by long standing ovations from the sellout crowd of over 40,000 at Busch Stadium.
Fans unanimously think Tony deserves to have his place in immortality out on the outfield wall with the rest of the Cardinal greats.
Tony managed the Cardinals to 3 National League pennants and of course the two World Series championships.
La Russa is the winningest manager in Cardinals history with over 1,400 wins, and 3rd all time in Major League Baseball history .