Sparky Anderson

Birthdate 2/22/1934
Death Date 11/4/2010
Debut Year 1970
Year of Induction 2000
Teams Reds, Tigers
Positions Manager, Second Base

Sparky Anderson was the 1st manager to guide two different teams to 100 wins and the first to pilot clubs from both leagues to World Series wins. 

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Handwritten letter with Sparky's favorite quote

Handwritten letter with Sparky's favorite quote

One of the more excitable manager in the history of baseball, Sparky pens a quote about inner peace here in this handwritten letter. A willing signer through the mail, Anderson made his off-season home in Thousand Oaks, California. By taking both Cincinnati and Detroit to World Series titles, Anders
Sparky won two World Series titles with the Reds

Sparky won two World Series titles with the Reds

Hired as the Reds skipper in 1969, Anderson made his big league debut as manager at 36 years of age. His first season saw the Reds win 102 games and the National League championship. By the time his tenure was over in Cincinnati, the Reds were winners of four pennants and two World Series titles. Sp
Sparky managed 17 of his 26 years with Detroit

Sparky managed 17 of his 26 years with Detroit

Perhaps best remembered for his years as the pilot of the Big Red Machine, Sparky Anderson managed almost twice as many games as a Tiger. The 1984 season was his best in Detroit. The Tigers opened the year 9-0 and 35-5. By guiding the team to 104 wins, Sparky became the first manager to win 100 game
Sparky writes on the Dodger/Reds rivalry

Sparky writes on the Dodger/Reds rivalry

Sparky Anderson’s Big Red Machine battled the Dodgers for supremacy in the National League for a NL West for much of the 1970s. Anderson managed the Reds from 1970-1978. In every one of those seasons but 1971, either the Reds or the Dodgers came away as Western Division champs. Here the Hall of Fa

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