It's official: Tony La Russa is history.
The Cardinals tonight announced 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 to remember TLR's 16-year term with the franchise.
La Russa, the 48th manager in franchise history, won more regular-season games (1,408) than any other Cardinals skipper. He also led the club to the postseason nine times. Three times his teams advanced to the World Series, winning in 2006 and 2011.
La Russa, 67, announced his decision to retire the day after the club's World Series parade last October. La Russa ranks second only to Joe Torre in all-time postseason wins (70) and left the game third all-time in managerial wins with 2,728. Only Connie Mack and John McGraw, neither of whom managed after 1950, won more games.
The Cardinals won 913 games under La Russa during the 2000's, most in the National League. The team's 2004 World Series appearance against the Boston Red Sox was its first since 1987 and its 2006 World Series triumph over the Detroit Tigers was its first since 1982.
The club discussed the date with La Russa during his participation in the World Series ring ceremony at Busch Stadium on April 14.
La Russa becomes the third Cardinals manager to have his number retired by the team. Red Schoendienst, a Hall of Fame player, had his No. 2 retired in 1996. Whitey Herzog, inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010, had his number retired the same season.
Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby was recognized by the club in 1997, but Hornsby did not wear a number during his term with the Redbirds.
Former All-Star third baseman Ken Boyer's No. 14 is retired. He lasted barely two seasons as manager. Boyer's number was retired in 1984, four years after managing his last game and two years after his death.
La Russa's No. 10 becomes the 13th retired by the club. Ozzie Smith (1), Schoendienst, Stan Musial (6), Jackie Robinson/Bruce Sutter (42), Enos Slaughter (9), Boyer, Dizzy Dean (17), Herzog, Lou Brock (20), Bob Gibson (45) and former chairman August A. Busch (85) are the others.