As the number retirement ceremony to honor Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson approaches, many people are looking forward to the event.
Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price: “It is wonderful Mr. Ilitch is doing this for Sparky. Sparky is an icon for this organization and the game of baseball.” Jim admired the way Sparky handled himself in the media…he was a “real” person.
Rod Allen, Tigers TV broadcaster: “It speaks volumes about the organization and the way we honor former players and managers”. The most significant thing Rod said he learned from Sparky was accountability. Sparky taught him that is was important to go out and do your job to your fullest ability every day.
Join the Tigers on Sunday, June 26th for the special pre-game ceremony to retire #11 in honor of Sparky Anderson. To get your tickets click HERE.
Longtime Detroit Tigers fan Nancy Edgeworth shared with us a story of luck and Tigers pride.
“I have always had faith in the Tigers and in Detroit. I grew up in Tiger Stadium going to as many games as I could. My favorite seasons were the late 1970′s when Mark Fidrych pitched and Alan Trammell & Lou Whitaker were just beginning their careers. I’ve never stopped rooting for the Tigers, even after I moved to Maryland. I wear my Tigers jersey to every game I can make at Camden Yards. So when I received a phone call telling me I won a cruise from the Maryland State Lottery, I was not only ecstatic to get a free vacation, I intentionally wore a Tigers shirt when I claimed my prize!”
Sunday, June 26th, the Detroit Tigers will retire uniform number eleven, in honor of Sparky Anderson. With the ceremony quickly approaching, we sat down with several people that have been touched by Sparky.
Two former Tigers players, Dan Petry and Tom Brookens, took time to share their thoughts about the event.
Dan Petry played for the Sparky Anderson from 1979 to 1987 helping the team to their 1984 World Series Championship. When Dan was asked about retiring number eleven he said he was happy to see it done and thrilled to be a part of it. He still struggles over his passing. “I see clips and it makes me think of him. He was like our Dad.”
When asked what his favorite memory with Sparky was he replied, “I enjoyed how he treated people, he kept everyone humble”. Dan also recalled that his relationship grew stronger after his playing days were over. His favorite piece of advice from Sparky was that baseball careers are short… keep in mind we will have a life to lead after and remember to treat everyone kindly.
Tom Brookens, current first base coach for the Tigers played for Sparky from 1979 to 1988. He received similar advice from Sparky: “Make sure you give one hundred percent. I don’t care if you make an error, I care if you run out the ball”, Tom recalled.
While managing the team “Sparky was in charge, he ran a very tight ship”, Tom commented. When asked if there was one thing that he learned from Sparky that has stayed with him as a player and now a coach Tom said, “Sparky was very good at making every player feel part of the team. Everyone is just as important”. Tom admires Sparky for being a real person. His fondest memories were when he would talk baseball, movies and books with his former manager. “I looked up to him as a man.”
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On Sunday, June 26th the Tigers will retire uniform number eleven, in tribute of the hall of Fame career of Sparky Anderson. Join former players, coaches, and other special guests for a memorable pre-game ceremony staring at 12:45. All fans will receive a commemorative Sparky Anderson canvas print. For tickets, call 866-66-TIGER or Click HERE.
Max Scherzer posed for a picture with his Bobblehead. This Sunday, June 12, the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway is the Max Scherzer Bobblehead for kids 14-and-under. Head down to Comerica Park to get yours!
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Head down to Comerica Park on June 12 to get the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway! This week, kids 14-and-under will receive the Max Scherzer Bobblehead sponsored by Pepsi MAX!
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