Despite their previously stated policy of not retiring numbers of former Cardinals who are not enshrined in the Hall of Fame, the team has announced that it will take former skipper Tony La Russa's number 10 out of the rotation May 11.
La Russa is presumed to be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame with 2,728 career wins, third on the all-time list, with more than half of those victories happening while he wore a St. Louis uniform. He won three World Series and seven pennants in 35 years as a manager with the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals.
He'll be the fourth St. Louis manager to have his number retired by the team, joining Red Schoendienst, Ken Boyer and Whitey Herzog. The Cardinals have also honored Rogers Hornsby on their retired number wall. But the didn't actually retire a number for him because the Redbirds didn't wear uniform numbers during his prime. (He wore number 4 with St. Louis during a second stint with the Cardinals in the 1930s.)