Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 5/11/12
Tonight, The LaRussa joins the immortals.  Stan, Lou, Gussie. Dean. Smith, Schoendienst, Slaughter. Boyer, Herzog, Sutter. Gibby, Busch, Robinson. And now # 10 goes up in the proverbial rafters; never to be worn again. The highest honor a team can bestow on an employee will be deployed and roar of Cardinal Nation will canonize Tony LaRussa as one of the high priests of baseball in a city religious about baseball. LaRussa joined the Cardinals in 1996 after a dismal campaign in 1995 that saw the firing of Joe Torre and the replacement tactics of Mike Jorgensen. After years of languishing in the early 90s, the Cardinals had new ownership that wanted to make a statement that they were serious about restoring the luster to a franchise somewhat tarnished. The bold moved paid dividends early (and often) as the Cardinals went from fourth to first place and touched off a 16 season run that netted 3 NL Pennants and 2 World Series wins. The latest, unbenownced to us, was a curtain call on a...
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