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Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson's number

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The Official Tigers twitter account posted this image of what the Sparky Anderson 11 patch to be worn on the team's uniforms will look like.
The Official Tigers twitter account posted this image of what the Sparky Anderson 11 patch to be worn on the team's uniforms will look like.

File under: Better Late Than Never.


The Tigers announced at TigerFest today they will honor Sparky Anderson by wearing a patch with his No. 11 on it, as well as retiring 11 forever in honor of the team's winningest manager. The team will also wave a flag with No. 11 on it all season. (This all ties in pretty with the fact this is the 2011 season, doesn't it?)

Many -- including former Bless You Boys manager Ian Casselberry -- felt that the Tigers erred by not retiring No. 11 before Sparky unexpectedly passed away last fall. Some went so far as to start a petition and post it here at BYB even. So it's good to see the organization is doing what's right, even if it was a bit too late for Sparky to see it in person.