Sparky Anderson

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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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Twenty-year old Sparky Anderson writes to Fresco Thompson five years before MLB player debut

Twenty-year old Sparky Anderson writes to Fresco Thompson five years before MLB player debut

Sparky Anderson began his professional baseball career as a second baseman in the Dodger organization. Signed by Brooklyn as a teenager, Anderson’s first pro season was in 1953 for the Dodger  C-Level team in Santa Barbara. In the collection is this letter written by a 20-year old Anderson to
Sparky Anderson earned three World Series rings, two with the Reds, one with the Tigers

Sparky Anderson earned three World Series rings, two with the Reds, one with the Tigers

Sparky Anderson had great success in his nine years as Reds manager. His teams had three second-place finishes and five division titles. With four NL pennants and two World Series titles in the 1970s, Sparky’s Reds were the Senior Circuit’s best team. After a second-place finish in 1978,
Sparky's Reds and the Dodgers were the top two NL teams of the 1970s

Sparky's Reds and the Dodgers were the top two NL teams of the 1970s

Sparky Anderson managed the Reds from 1970-1978. During that time the Big Red Machine battled the Dodgers for supremacy in the National League for a NL West. In every one of those seasons but 1971, either the Reds or the Dodgers came away as Western Division champs. Here the Hall of Fame skipper ref
Sparky won two World Series titles with the Reds

Sparky won two World Series titles with the Reds

When Reds General Manager Bob Howsam hired him in October ’69, Sparky Anderson was only 35 years old. In his first season, Sparky led Cincinnati to 102 wins and the National League championship. By the time his tenure was over in Cincinnati, the Reds were winners of four pennants and two Worl
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

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