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Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson

Full Name: George Lee Anderson
Profession: MLB Player and Manager

United States of America

Biography: 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, making him the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and 1987.

Born: February 22, 1934
Birthplace: Bridgewater, South Dakota, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: November 4, 2010 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Complications from dementia

Married Life

  • 1953-10-03 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

Historical Events

  • 1978-11-28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years
  • 1979-06-12 Detroit Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson who stays until 1995; includes World Series title 1984 and AL Manager of the Year Award 1984 and 1987
  • 1984-09-23 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues
  • 1986-06-29 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues
  • 1992-09-25 Sparky Anderson ties Hughie Jennings as Detroit's winningest manager
  • 1995-02-17 Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike

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