Jim Leyland embodies Detroit's spirit

After what seems like an eternity in the game, Tigers' manager still going strong

Originally Published: October 23, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Fortified by victory, with a second World Series appearance secured in his palm and a smoke in the other, Jim Leyland is the bridge. He's the bridge to Sparky Anderson, the last great manager of the last great team in this town, the connective tissue between the good years, when the world looked up at Detroit, before the dwindling population, the unemployment, and the team he inherited that once lost 119 games, and now, where baseball again reigns.

He's the bridge between ...

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