May 11, 2012
Cardinals Retire Tony LaRussa's Number
A little more than six months after Tony LaRussa led the St. Louis Cardinals to their eleventh World Series title, the team retired his number.
''It's not something you think about, or expect,'' the team's longtime skipper said.
LaRussa took to the podium at Busch Stadium wearing all three of his championship rings...the two he won with the Cardinals and the one he brought home while with the Oakland A's.
Joining the 67-year-old for the celebration were more than a dozen of LaRussa's former players, coaches and front office peers.
''Tony made a name for himself,'' Dennis Eckersley said. ''He deserves this honor and he's going to go to the Hall of Fame, so I'm going to have to do this over and over again.''
LaRussa managed for 33 seasons overall and is third on the career list with 2728 wins...trailing second-place John McGraw by just 35 victories. The future Hall of Famer is the 12th former Cardinal to have his number retired by the team.