The Detroit Tigers will retire the number of popular manager Sparky Anderson, who died in November.
Anderson's No. 11 will hang on the left-field wall in Detroit's Comerica Park, alongside the numbers of previous honorees.
"To me, there's no greater honor for a franchise to bestow upon an individual than to retire his number," team President Dave Dombrowski said Saturday in announcing the decision, according to MLB.com.
Anderson managed the Tigers to their last World Series championship in 1984 and their last division title in '87 during his 17-year tenure in Detroit, during which he won 1,331 games, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
He previously had managed the Cincinnati Reds for nine years, winning four National League pennants and two World Series titles. The Reds retired his No. 10 uniform in 2005.
He retired after the 1995 season and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame five years later.
Tigers players will wear a patch on their uniforms throughout the 2011 season with the name "Sparky" and the number 11, Dombrowski said.
"I'm tickled. I'm happy about it," said Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens, who played for Anderson in the 1980s. "He's one of the greatest managers in the game. To have played for him, it's special."
Anderson will be the first Tigers manager to have his number retired by the club. He'll join players Al Kaline, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser and Willie Horton, along with Jackie Robinson, whose No. 42 was retired by all Major League Baseball franchises. Also on the wall are the names of Ty Cobb, who played before players wore numbers, and longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who also died last year.