Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just announced at the club’s annual TigerFest event that Sparky Anderson’s No. 11 will be retired this season.
According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, the team will also wear a patch on their uniforms and fly a flag at Comerica Park in honor of Anderson throughout the season.
Anderson passed away in November at the age of 76. He compiled a 1331-1248 record (.516) over 17 seasons as manager of the Tigers, including a World Series title in 1984.
This is a wonderful tribute and I’m glad the Tigers are getting this right, but what the heck took so long to retire his number in the first place?