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Tigers trivia question of the weekend

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More uniform madness...

The Tigers retired uniform numbers are: 2, 5, 6, 11, 16, 23, 42.

Who was the LAST player to wear each of these numbers?

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2 Richie Hebner

5 Howard Johnson

6 Al Kaline

11 Sparky

16 David Wells

23 Hideo Nomo

42 Don't know

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2 Richie Hebner

5 Howard Johnson

6 Al Kaline

11 Sparky

16 David Wells

23 Hideo Nomo

42 Don't know

Partially correct. Sparky Anderson was indeed the last PERSON to wear #11, but who was the last PLAYER to wear it?

2 - Retired for Charlie Gehringer on June 12, 1983 in a joint ceremony with Hank Greenberg. Last worn by Richie Hebner in 1982 before being sold to the Pirates.

5 - Retired for Hank Greenberg on June 12, 1983 in a joint ceremony with Charlie Gehringer. Last worn by Howard Johnson in his rookie season of 1982. Johnson, on the disabled list with a broken finger at the time, wore #20 for the remainder of his time with the Tigers.

6 - Retired for Al Kaline on August 17, 1980, the first Tigers number to be retired. Kaline was the last to wear the number in his final season of 1974.

16 - Retired for Hal Newhouser on July 27, 1997. Last worn by David Wells in 1995 prior to being traded to the Reds for CJ Nitkowski, Mark Lewis, and Dave Tuttle.

23 - Retired for Willie Horton on July 15, 2000. Last worn by Hideo Nomo in 2000, his only season with the Tigers. Even though #23 was retired midway through the year, Nomo continued to wear it for the remainder of the season.

Guesses on 11 and 42?

Edited by BoomGaspar

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42 is now retired throughout MLB. For Jackie Robinson. I think Mariano Rivera was the last player allowed to wear it, grandfathered in?

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And....Jose Lima may have been the last Tiger to wear #42, in 2002? He was also grandfathered in.

The number 42 was retired throughout baseball in 1997.

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And....Jose Lima may have been the last Tiger to wear #42, in 2002? He was also grandfathered in.

The number 42 was retired throughout baseball in 1997.

Correct.

42 - Retired for Jackie Robinson throughout MLB on April 15, 1997. Players already wearing that number were allowed to continue, the last of whom for the Tigers was indeed Jose Lima in 2002. Lima was wearing #42 for the Houston Astros at the time of Robinson's ceremony.

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