George “Sparky” Anderson was the manager of the Tigers when I first entered my Tigers fandom. Unlike the late, great Ernie Harwell, I never got to meet the old spark plug and was never old enough to be able to truly appreciate him during his tenure. By all accounts, though, Sparky put the “great man” in great manager.
Detroit lost an icon (yet another one this year from the storied Detroit Tigers organization). D4L’s thoughts and prayers are with Sparky’s family and friends; and, although it may not be retired at Comerica Park, no blogger will ever wear the No. 11 here, Sparky. Rest in peace, skip.