Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tigers plan on retiring Sparky Anderson's jersey number

By Matt Harding
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The Detroit Tigers announced at TigerFest on Saturday that they'd be retiring the #11 jersey of the late Hall of Fame manager George "Sparky" Anderson.

GM David Dombrowski made the announcement live on 97.1 FM Detroit at TigerFest. He later spoke with the media about the announcement. In Play! was there as Dombrowski made comments as to why Sparky's number wasn't retired sooner.
Dombrowski said, "I know, in a way, it's a shame. It's the same thing when I see someone go into the Hall of Fame. 'Dang, I wish they went in when they were alive."
The Tigers also announced that they'll honor Anderson with a flag which they'll fly all season, much like they did for Ernie Harwell. Starting in Spring Training, the team will wear a patch with the late skipper's name and number.

Anderson was 1,331-1,248 during 17 seasons with the Tigers. He leads the franchise in wins as well as games managed.

A picture of Sparky Anderson hangs outside
of the clubhouse entrance at TigerFest 2011
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

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