Sparky Anderson

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George Lee "Sparky" Anderson (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player, coach, and manager.wikipedia
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Detroit Tigers

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He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
This stood as a Tiger record until 1992, when it was broken by Sparky Anderson.

List of Major League Baseball managers by wins

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His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major League history.

1984 World Series

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He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
The 1984 World Series was a rematch between managers Sparky Anderson (Detroit) and Dick Williams (San Diego).

Cincinnati Reds

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He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
In, little known George "Sparky" Anderson was hired as manager, and the Reds embarked upon a decade of excellence, with a team that came to be known as "The Big Red Machine".

Susan Miller Dorsey High School

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He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.

World Series

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Anderson was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues.
In the process, Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win a World Series title in both leagues, having previously won in 1975 and 1976 with the Cincinnati Reds.

Montreal Royals

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In, he moved up once more, this time to the Triple-A Montreal Royals of the International League.
The Royals launched the baseball careers of Sparky Anderson, Gene Mauch, Roberto Clemente and the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier with Montreal in 1946, Jackie Robinson.

1975 World Series

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He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
Reds manager Sparky Anderson then sent pinch-hitter Ed Armbrister up to sacrifice in place of reliever Rawly Eastwick.

Pueblo Dodgers

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In, he was moved up to the class-A Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League and was moved to second base, where he played the rest of his career.
* Sparky Anderson (1954) Inducted, 2000

Asheville Tourists

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During this period, he managed four pennant winners in four consecutive seasons: 1965 with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League, 1966 with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Florida State League, 1967 with the Modesto Reds of the California League, and 1968 with the Asheville Tourists of the Southern League.
In 1968, the Tourists won the Southern League championship under manager Sparky Anderson, who went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers during his 26 years in Major League Baseball.

1976 World Series

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He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
The defending champion Cincinnati Reds were piloted by Sparky Anderson who had a star-studded lineup led by second baseman Joe Morgan.

Santa Barbara Dodgers

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Anderson began his playing career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the Class-C California League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop.
* Sparky Anderson (1953) Inducted, 2000

St. Petersburg Saints

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During this period, he managed four pennant winners in four consecutive seasons: 1965 with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League, 1966 with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Florida State League, 1967 with the Modesto Reds of the California League, and 1968 with the Asheville Tourists of the Southern League.

Modesto Nuts

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During this period, he managed four pennant winners in four consecutive seasons: 1965 with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League, 1966 with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Florida State League, 1967 with the Modesto Reds of the California League, and 1968 with the Asheville Tourists of the Southern League.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Bridgewater, South Dakota

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Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934.
* Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame baseball manager; born in Bridgewater.

1971 Cincinnati Reds season

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After an injury-plagued 1971 season in which the team finished fourth, the Reds came back and won another pennant under Anderson in 1972, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in five games in the NLCS, but losing to the Oakland Athletics in seven games in the World Series.
The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson, and played their first full season of home games at Riverfront Stadium, which had opened at mid-season in the previous year.

1970 World Series

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Nonetheless, Anderson led the Reds to 102 wins and the National League pennant in, where they lost the 1970 World Series in five games to the Baltimore Orioles.
Sparky Anderson's first year as a major league manager produced 102 wins and the first of four NL pennants in a seven-year stretch.

Big Red Machine

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During this season, the Reds came to be widely known as The Big Red Machine, a nickname they carried throughout Anderson's tenure.
Rookie and future-Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson headed the team, which at its peak featured Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Pérez, and was supported by Dave Concepción, George Foster, César Gerónimo and Ken Griffey, Sr. The Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s garnered more World Series appearances than any other team during that decade, with an overall record of 953 wins and 657 losses.

Jack Kent Cooke

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After watching several practices, Leafs owner Jack Kent Cooke observed Anderson's leadership qualities and ability to teach younger players from all backgrounds.
Before that, he had watched several team practices and observed Sparky Anderson, noting the player's leadership qualities and ability to teach younger players from all backgrounds.

1972 National League Championship Series

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After an injury-plagued 1971 season in which the team finished fourth, the Reds came back and won another pennant under Anderson in 1972, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in five games in the NLCS, but losing to the Oakland Athletics in seven games in the World Series.
The frustrated Reds ultimately stranded 11 baserunners, and their manager Sparky Anderson was ejected in the fourth inning.

Toronto Maple Leafs (International League)

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He played the next four seasons with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League.
It was also in 1960 that Sparky Anderson first joined the team as a middle infielder.

1959 Philadelphia Phillies season

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The Phillies gave Anderson their starting second base job, and he spent what would be his one full season in the major leagues in 1959.

Tiger Stadium (Detroit)

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Anderson's American Legion team won the 1951 national championship, which was played in Briggs Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.
It was depicted in Disney's award-winning Tiger Town, a 1983 made-for-television baseball film written and directed by Detroit native, Alan Shapiro, starring Roy Scheider, Sparky Anderson, Ernie Harwell and Mary Wilson.

Dave Bristol

Within days of being hired in Anaheim, he was offered the opportunity to succeed Dave Bristol as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Sparky Anderson, who took over from Bristol, would go into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the leader of the "Big Red Machine".