Sparky Anderson's jersey to be retired by Tigers

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DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers will honor Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson by retiring his No. 11 jersey on the brick wall at Comerica Park.

The Tigers will wear a patch on their right sleeves in the shape of home plate, which features "Sparky" and his No. 11. A flag to remember him will be raised prior to the team's home opener on April 8.

"To me, there's no greater honor for a franchise to bestow upon an individual than to retire his number," said Detroit president and general manager Dave Dombrowski. "It's happened very few times in Tiger history, with all the great players that have been through."

Anderson won 1,331 games in his 17 years with Detroit. He managed the Tigers to their last World Series championship in 1984 and their last division title in '87.

He retired following the 1995 season and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager five years later.

Anderson, who died in November, will be the first Tigers manager to have his number retired by the club.

The ceremony to retire his number will take place at a game to be determined.


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