Tigers to retire late manager's number
Sparky Anderson managed the Detroit Tigers for 17 years, winning 1,331 games.
January 22nd, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Tigers to retire late manager's number

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.

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  1. Suzy Nameth

    I know Sparky Anderson is ledgendary,the big red machine..one of the finest teams of all time.
    But now is NFL playoff time.GO JETS!!!!

    January 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Suzy is right, Sparky was great. GO JETS! Suzy, Broadway Joe was a legend too. Any relation??

    January 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Suzy Nameth

    Broadway Joe is the legend Ceasar,just like Richard Marvin"Dick"Butkus of da Bears. And as far as the any relation question? well thats like asking a girl how much do you weight? or lets go to the gym.GO JETS!!!! GO BEARS!!!!!!

    January 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L.L.T.F.

    i had the pleasure of meeting sparky after a game in 1987, and i must say, he was one of the kindest managers to ever manage a big league team. he spoke with me for almost 15 minutes and truely seemed to care what i had to say. Sparky, you were loved by many and will be missed by all ! ! ! R.I.P

    January 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |