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The jersey number 11 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures:

  • In Major League Baseball:
    • The Chicago White Sox, for Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. In 2010 and 2011, Aparicio allowed fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel to wear the number.
    • The Cincinnati Reds, for Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
    • The Detroit Tigers, for Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson.
    • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, for Jim Fregosi, who played for the team in its former incarnations as the Los Angeles Angels and California Angels, and also managed the California Angels.
    • The Pittsburgh Pirates, for Hall of Famer Paul Waner.
    • The San Francisco Giants, for Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, honoring the number’s retirement when the team was known as theNew York Giants.
    • The Seattle Mariners have yet to retire any numbers, but have not issued #11 since the retirement of Edgar Martínez at the end of the 2004 season.
  • In the NBA:
    • The Detroit Pistons, for Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.
    • The Sacramento Kings, for Hall of Famer Bob Davies, honoring the number’s retirement when the team was known as theRochester Royals.
    • The Washington Wizards, for Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes, who played for the team in its past incarnations as the Baltimore, Capital, and Washington Bullets.
    • The Cleveland Cavaliers for Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.[4]
  • In the NFL:
    • The New York Giants, for Phil Simms.
  • In the NHL:
    • The Buffalo Sabres, for Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault.
    • The Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, for Hall of Famer Mark Messier.
    • The St. Louis Blues, for Brian Sutter.
    • The Washington Capitals, for Hall of Famer Mike Gartner. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_(number))