Sparky Anderson is baseball’s Detroit Tigers’ winningest manager of all time. He took the team to World Series contentions in 1984, 87, and 88, seizing the title in 1984. Sparky was the first manager to win the Series in both American and National Leagues. He was with the Tigers for 16 years, retiring in 1995. Many fans think the Tigers should have retired Sparky’s number 11 while he was alive. He certainly deserved that recognition.
The Tigers had their chance when Sparky Anderson attended a game with recognition ceremony for the 1984 World Series victory 25 years after it happened. Just a year later, the Hall of Fame Manager died November 4, 2010. Now the Tigers will retire Sparky’s number 11 this year. Players will also wear a “Sparky 11” patch and an “11” flag will fly at Comerica Park for the 2011 season.
Rest in peace, Sparky. Thanks for what you did for Detroit and Michigan.