Sparky Anderson

Baseball Player + Manager
Born Feb 22, 1934

George Lee "Sparky" Anderson was an American Major League Baseball manager. 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. He was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major League history. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and 1987.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sparky Anderson.


1934 Birth Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934. … Read More


1951 17 Years Old Anderson's American Legion team won the 1951 national championship, which was played in Briggs Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.
1953 19 Years Old He married Carol Valle on October 3, 1953. … Read More


1955 21 Years Old In, Anderson was moved another step up the minor league ladder, playing for the Double-A Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League. A radio announcer gave him the nickname "Sparky" in 1955 for his feisty play. … Read More
1958 24 Years Old After five minor league seasons without appearing in a Dodger uniform at the MLB level, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 23, 1958 for three players, including outfielder Rip Repulski.
1959 25 Years Old 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. … Read More


1964 - 1966 3 More Events
He made his way back to the majors in 1969 as the third-base coach of the San Diego Padres during their maiden season in the National League.
1970 36 Years Old Since he was a relative unknown in the sports world, headlines on the day after his hiring read "Sparky Who?" 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. … Read More
1971 37 Years Old After an injury-plagued 1971 season in which the team finished fifth, 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. … Read More


1975 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More
1978 44 Years Old When the aging Reds finished second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson was fired on November 27, 1978 by general manager Dick Wagner, who had taken over for Howsam a year earlier. … Read More


1984 - 1986 2 More Events
1987 53 Years Old Anderson led the Tigers to the majors' best record in 1987, but the team was upset in the ALCS by the Minnesota Twins. … Read More
1989 55 Years Old During that 1989 season, Anderson took a month-long leave of absence from the team as the stress of losing wore on him. … Read More
1992 58 Years Old On September 27, 1992, the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 13–3 for Anderson's 1,132nd win with the team, passing Hughie Jennings as the all-time leader in wins by a Tiger manager. … Read More


1995 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995, reportedly disillusioned with the state of the league following the 1994 strike that had also delayed the beginning of the 1995 season.
1996 62 Years Old From 1996 to 1998, he was a color analyst for the Anaheim Angels' cable television broadcasts. … Read More
Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
On June 17, 2006, Anderson's number was retired by the Fort Worth Cats, for whom Anderson had played in 1955.
2007 73 Years Old In 2007, Anderson was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. … Read More
2010 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Anderson had been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks home because of his deteriorating dementia condition.
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