Sparky Anderson
American baseball player, manager
Sparky Anderson
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.
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Reds choose Bryan Price for next manager
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he'll take them deep into the playoffs right away. Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff. General manager Walt Jocketty said the closing slump was a major factor in the decision to make a change. Price was a left-handed pitcher for six years in the minors, his career scuttled by elbow surgery. [...] Jocketty has several important lineup decisions to make to try to keep the Reds competitive in the NL Central, which sent three teams to the playoffs. The Pirates passed the Reds for second place and home-field advantage for the wild-card playoff during the final week of the se ...
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World Series '75: Red October
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
I love baseball. I almost wrote I still love baseball, but that's unnatural. That comes from a discussion I heard on sports radio this spring. The announcers were all giddy with anticipation, save the 20-something NBA reporter. He claimed most of his generation remained unbitten by the baseball bug, only interested in the NBA and NFL. I was first stunned, then saddened. I can't imagine growing up without baseball. As a kid, that bug didn't just bite me, it swallowed me. I played in little league, and pickup games in the park. My friend Tony and I played fast pitch off the school wall; two mitts, one bat and a rubber ball were all you needed, all day. We imitated the batting stance of every major MLB star, and knew their batting averages. When it was raining, I even read about baseball, either fiction or history. Who didn't know Babe Ruth? Back then, I wasn't adamant about rooting for the home team. I admired great players and great teams, not caring what city they were from. I sa ...
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Reds fire manager Dusty Baker after playoff loss
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Reds fire manager Dusty Baker after playoff loss Instead of keeping Baker around for one more try, the Reds fired him on Friday, parting ways with the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn't get them deep into the postseason. The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, their sixth straight loss. The final-week fade was a major factor in the decision, general manager Walt Jocketty said in a phone interview. Davey Johnson retired after the Nationals' season, Eric Wedge left the Mariners and the Cubs fired Dale Sveum after finishing last in the NL Central. Baker took over a rebuilding team in 2008 and led it to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best run since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine to two World Series titles in the 1970s. Though stunned by the late fade — Baker said he felt "very helpless" as the offense went into ...
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Baseball: The greatest team in City Section history
LATimes - over 3 years
Cal-Hi Sports has published an e-book entitled, "California: The Baseball Capital of the World." One of the highlights is the selection of all-time best high school teams from around the state. For the City Section, they selected an all-star team that includes Brian Harper (San Pedro) at catcher, pitchers Don Drysdale (Van Nuys),  Bret Saberhagen (Cleveland) and Larry Sherry (Fairfax), first baseman Eddie Murray (Locke), infielders Bobby Doerr (Fremont), Ozzie Smith (Locke), Robin Yount (Taft) and outfielders Eric Davis (Fremont), Willie Davis (Roosevelt) and Darryl Strawberry (Crenshaw), with designated hitter Ryan Braun (Granada Hills) and closer Rodney Beck (Grant). The manager is Sparky Anderson (Dorsey). There's also top 25 all-time best high school teams from California, with Chatsworth's 2004 team picked No. 2. The e-book is availabe at this link. -- Eric Sondheimer Photo: Don Drysdale is one of the greatest pitchers in City Section history. Credit: Associat ...
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Frank H. Wu: The Practicing Professor
Huffington Post - about 4 years
There are no new debates. The latest argument about the legal academy seems to be whether law schools ought to hire as professors those individuals with established careers in practice instead of intellectuals who boast extraordinary potential for publishing. This is old, old, old. Jerome Frank, a New Deal official who became a federal judge, proposed before World War II that law schools be staffed by practitioners. A "Legal Realist" with an academic bent, Judge Frank anticipated clinical education by two generations. More importantly, this debate sets up a false dichotomy. Everyone agrees that legal education should prepare people to solve problems in the real world. There are no takers for the proposition that legal education should strive to be useless. This strange debate misses the crucial point. The most important set of skills for a teacher are possessed inherently by neither practitioners nor scholars. It would seem obvious but it is obscured by assumptions ...
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The Airing Of This Controversial 1980s Sitcom Pilot Drew Protest
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sure, Hamtramck city council meetings can get a little hairy sometimes -- and the multi-ethnic working-class Detroit enclave certainly doesn't hurt for local color. But would the city make for good television? Although it might sound crazy, this actually happened in the late 1980s. During those carefree days of teased hair and stonewashed jeans, a pilot for a sitcom called "Hamtramck" was produced and aired by news station WDIV. A HuffPost staffer recently unearthed footage of this rare television event on the internet (SEE ABOVE). According to the YouTube video's description, the 1987 show features Detroit radio personality Tom Ryan, who appears as characters "Pop Hamlin" and "Stan The Man, as well as guest appearances by comedienne "Pudgy" and Detroit Tigers coach Sparky Anderson. The show kicks off with schmaltzy music and an awe-inspiring theme song that includes the lyrics "Let's run off together/ Leave Detroit on a lark/ Let's all head to Hamtramck/ East of Hig ...
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David Macaray: 25 Funny Baseball Quotes
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whenever I come across a baseball quote that makes me smile, I jot it down and file it away. I've been filing them away, off and on, for the last 25 or 30 years. Some of the quotes included here are fairly well known, others are obscure. 1. "If you know how to cheat, start now."--Baltimore manager Earl Weaver, to pitcher Ross Grimsley on the mound. 2. "People think we make $3 million or $4 million a year. They don't realize that most of us only make $500,000."--Pete Incaviglia, Texas Rangers 3. "Boston now knows how Britain felt when it lost India."--Boston Globe sportswriter Ed Linn, on Ted Williams announcing his retirement from the Red Sox. 4. "You can sum up the game of baseball in one word: 'You never know.' "--Joaquin Andujar, St. Louis Cardinals 5. When Roger Clemens recorded his 3,000th strikeout in 1998, it was noted that his very first victim was Cleveland Indian manager Mike Hargrove. At the press conference, Hargrove told him, "I got you off ...
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Jim Leyland and Detroit: a good match
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Jim Leyland and Detroit: a good match Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:17 a.m., Sunday, October 28, 2012 Jim Leyland's career in professional baseball got a jolt when the franchise that gave him his start offered him another shot. The Detroit Tigers put Leyland back in the dugout six years ago after employing him as a light-hitting catcher in the minors and a manager in their farm system. Leyland has showed how much managing the Tigers has meant to him, getting choked up when Detroit won the American League pennant this month in what was merely the latest display of emotion during his seven-season tenure. The Tigers wanted him to replace Alan Trammell, who played for former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, who chose not to promote Leyland to his coaching staff in 1979. Leyland's 1,676 wins over 22 regular ...
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Giants' All-Stars have a lot to live up to in K.C.
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants' All-Stars have a lot to live up to in K.C. No pressure on Buster Posey and his three All-Star teammates, but there's a lot to live up to. Bonds homered and doubled and was named MVP in the National League's 7-1 rout of the American League at Royals Stadium, and Mays' game-opening triple ignited the NL's 5-3 victory at Municipal Stadium. No All-Star MVPs were given until 1962, but Mays would have been an obvious choice in '60 as the only player with three hits. In his final at-bat, he came a few feet from hitting for the cycle with a deep fly to right, and he was replaced in center field by Vada Pinson in the sixth inning. Bonds was called "the next Mays," which was both unfair and unachievable, but in the summer of '73, nobody was more gifted or productive than Bonds, who, at age 27, brought monster numbers into the All-Star break: .306 average, .397 on-base percentage, 25 homers, 64 RBIs and 28 steals in 97 games. The beat goes onIn Kansas City, it w ...
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Meet Four Michigan Authors at Baldwin This Summer
Birmingham Patch - over 4 years
Get to know Michigan's writers this summer with the Baldwin Public Library's line-up of author readings and book signings. Daniel Ewald: Sparky and Me: My Friendship With Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life When: 7 p.m. June 13 Why Go: Daniel Ewald was a sports reporter with the Detroit News prior to becoming the public relations director for the Detroit Tigers. Books will be available for sale and signing from the Book Beat. Steven Craig: The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have When: 7 p.m. June 27 Why Go: The key to a long and happy union is for both partners to recognize the six different stages every marriage has, and to adjust their values and behaviors for each — in essence, to become six different people. That's the thesis posited in Steven Craig's The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have. Craig, a Birmingham-based psychologist, will be available to sign books from the Book Beat. Doc Fletcher: Paddling Michigan's Hidden Beauty ...
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Michael Rossmann, SJ: Everything I Know About Prayer I Relearned In Spin Class
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
My phone is not smart; my phone does not even "flip," let alone "slide." I covet the iPad, but I don't have one. I am not an early adopter. Not surprisingly, I didn't start going to spin class until late in the game. I didn't even know what spin class was until last year. For whatever reason, I thought spin was something like rhythmic gymnastics -- perhaps "spinning" a ribbon around. Soon after a marathon was behind me and a Chicago winter was ahead of me, however, I decided to look for a way to exercise indoors that didn't involve running in place. It is then I discovered spin. For those of you who don't know, peeking into a spin class entails seeing a room full of sweaty people pedaling away atop stationary bicycles while rocking out to pop music and listening to an instructor with way too much energy somehow still manage to yell orders like a Prussian drill sergeant. All while cycling at 120 RPM. It's pretty much awesome. It also has a striking number of ...
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Mlb insider - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Though Anderson doesn't remember Gibson specifically talking about becoming a manager one day, Anderson recalls that Gibson often spoke fondly of his days under Sparky Anderson in Detroit. Gibson has taken what he learned then and also what he learned
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Improved Tigers clinch AL Central - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It can reassure those who remember 2009's near-miss and exit via a one-game tiebreaker with the Twins, or those whose memories stretch further back, say to the desperate run of 1991, when Sparky Anderson almost managed to drag a pitching-light team of
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Honoring the legendary Johnny Bench - Fox Sports Ohio
Google News - over 5 years
The most famous quote uttered about Johnny Bench came from the lips of his manager, Sparky Anderson, after the 1976 World Series. The Cincinnati Reds had just quickly disposed of the New York Yankees in four games, during which Bench hit .533 with two
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Gibson clear-cut choice for NL Manager of Year - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
Certainly, it was further ingrained by Sparky Anderson, who managed the 1984 Tigers, said Alan Trammell, Gibson's bench coach. Trammell played shortstop and Gibson played right field on those 1980s Tigers teams. "Sparky was tough on us," Trammell
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sparky Anderson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 75
    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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  • 2007
    Age 72
    In 2007, Anderson was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 2011 season the Tigers honored Anderson with a patch on their right sleeves. They officially retired his No. 11 on the brick wall at Comerica Park on June 26, 2011. Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series for both a National League and American League team. Either manager in the 1984 Series would have been the first to win in both leagues, since San Diego Padres (NL) manager Dick Williams had previously won the series with the Oakland Athletics (AL) in 1972 and 1973. Williams' 1972 club had defeated Anderson's Reds club.
  • 2006
    Age 71
    In 2006, construction was completed on the "Sparky Anderson Baseball Field" at California Lutheran University's new athletic complex.
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    Anderson's accomplishment was equalled in the 2006 World Series, when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa—who had previously won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989, and who considers Anderson his mentor—led his team to the title over the Detroit Tigers. Coincidentally, having won a championship while managing the Florida Marlins in 1997, Tigers manager Jim Leyland could have achieved this same feat had the Tigers defeated La Russa's Cardinals in the 2006 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details During that series, Anderson threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2 at Comerica Park, the Tigers' home park.
    On June 17, 2006, Anderson's number was retired by the Fort Worth Cats, for whom Anderson had played in 1955.
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  • 2000
    Age 65
    A day in Anderson's honor was also held at Detroit's Comerica Park during the 2000 season.
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    Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Although he managed 17 seasons in Detroit and just 9 seasons in Cincinnati, his Hall of Fame plaque has him wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. He chose to wear the Reds cap at his induction in honor of former GM Bob Howsam, who gave Anderson his first chance at a major-league managing job. Before his induction, Anderson had refused to go inside the Hall because he felt unworthy, saying "I didn't ever want to go into the most precious place in the world unless I belonged." In his acceptance speech he gave a lot of credit to his players, saying there were two kinds of managers, "One, it ain't very smart. He gets bad players, loses games and gets fired. There was somebody like me that was a genius. I got good players, stayed out of the way, let 'em win a lot, and then just hung around for 26 years." He was very proud of his Hall induction, "I never wore a World Series ring... I will wear this ring until I die."
    Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
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  • 1996
    Age 61
    From 1996 to 1998, he was a color analyst for the Anaheim Angels' cable television broadcasts.
    More Details Hide Details While still in Detroit, Anderson founded the charitable organization CATCH (Caring Athletes Teamed for Children's and Henry Ford hospitals) in 1987, which helps provide care for seriously ill children whose parents do not have health insurance or the means to otherwise pay for the care. He continued to support and participate in the charity well into his retirement. When interviewed in 2008, Anderson said that CATCH was "the single best thing I ever did in Detroit."
  • 1995
    Age 60
    It is widely believed that Anderson was pushed into retirement by the Tigers, who were unhappy that Anderson refused to manage replacement players during spring training in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview on Detroit's WJR radio after his retirement, Anderson said he had told his wife that season, "If this is what the game has become, it don't need me no more." He finished with a lifetime record of 2,194–1,834, for a .545 percentage and the sixth most wins for a Major League manager. He spent the largest portion of his career managing the Tigers (1970–78 with the Reds, 1979–95 with the Tigers), winning the World Series twice with the Reds and once with the Tigers. Both during his tenure with the Tigers, and for a time thereafter, Anderson did some television work as a baseball commentator. From 1979 to 1986 (with the exception of 1984), Anderson was often paired with Vin Scully and later Jack Buck on CBS Radio's coverage of the World Series.
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson continues to hold this distinction with 1,331 victories with the Tigers. During his managerial career, Anderson was known to heap lavish praise on his ballplayers when talking to the media. He declared Kirk Gibson "the next Mickey Mantle", which he later acknowledged may have put too much pressure on Gibson early in his career. He said Mike Laga, who played for him in 1984, would "make us forget every power hitter who ever lived." He also said Johnny Bench (who played for him in Cincinnati) "will never throw a baseball as hard as Mike Heath" (a catcher who played for him in Detroit). Anderson is the last American League manager to date to win a game by forfeit. This came a month after being hired in Detroit when, as a result of Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, the second half of a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox had to be called off after an anti-disco demonstration went awry and severely damaged the playing surface at Comiskey Park. Even after White Sox groundskeepers removed debris from the field, Anderson refused to let the Tigers take the field. He was not only concerned for the safety of his players, but believed the field was unplayable. When American League officials initially made plans to postpone the game until the next afternoon, Anderson demanded that the game be forfeited to the Tigers. He argued that the White Sox, as the home team, were obligated to provide acceptable playing conditions.
  • 1989
    Age 54
    During that 1989 season, Anderson took a month-long leave of absence from the team as the stress of losing wore on him.
    More Details Hide Details First base coach Dick Tracewski managed the team in the interim. In 1991, the Tigers finished last in batting average, first in batting strikeouts and near the bottom of the league in most pitching categories, but still led their division in late August before settling for a second-place finish behind the rival Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 1987
    Age 52
    Anderson led the Tigers to the majors' best record in 1987, but the team was upset in the ALCS by the Minnesota Twins.
    More Details Hide Details He won his second Manager of the Year Award that year. After contending again in 1988 (finishing second to Boston by one game in the AL East), the team collapsed a year later, losing a startling 103 games.
  • 1986
    Age 51
    Anderson's Tigers finished in third place in both and. With a 9–5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 29, 1986, Anderson became the first to achieve 600 career wins as a manager in both the American and National Leagues.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 49
    After the Tigers clinched the AL East division title in 1984, Anderson wrote in his journal: "I have to be honest.
    More Details Hide Details I’ve waited for this day since they fired me in Cincinnati. I think they made a big mistake when they did that. Now no one will ever question me again."
  • 1978
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wagner had wanted to "shake up" the Reds' coaching staff, to which Anderson objected, leading to his dismissal as well. Under new manager John McNamara, the Reds won the division title again in, but lost three straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the League Championship Series. They would not make the playoffs again until they won the World Series in by sweeping the heavily favored Oakland A's. Anderson moved on to the young Detroit Tigers after being hired as their new manager on June 14,. Upon seeing the team's young talent, he boldly proclaimed to the press that his team would be a pennant winner within 5 years. The Tigers became a winning club almost immediately, finishing above .500 in each of Anderson's first three full seasons, but did not get into contention until, when they won 92 games and finished second to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
  • 1975
    Age 40
    Over the course of these two seasons, Anderson's Reds compiled an astounding 14–3 record in postseason play against the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees, winning their last eight in a row in the postseason after triumphing against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, and then winning seven straight games in the 1976 postseason. They remain the only team to sweep the entire post-season since the inception of the league championship series in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Anderson became known as "Captain Hook" for his penchant for taking out a starting pitcher at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen, relying heavily on closers Will McEnaney and Rawly Eastwick.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They took the National League West division title again in, but lost to the New York Mets in the NLCS, a hard-fought series that went the full five games. After finishing a close second to the Los Angeles Dodgers in, in the Reds blew the division open by winning 108 games. They swept the National League Championship Series and then edged the Boston Red Sox in a drama-filled, seven-game World Series. They repeated in by winning 102 games, sweeping the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship Series, then going on to sweep the New York Yankees in the Series. This has been the only time that a team swept both the League Championship Series and World Series since the start of division play.
  • 1970
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this season, the Reds came to be widely known as The Big Red Machine, a nickname they carried throughout Anderson's tenure.
  • 1969
    Age 34
    Anderson was named the Reds manager on October 8, 1969.
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    Just after the 1969 season ended, California Angels manager Lefty Phillips, who as a Dodger scout had signed the teenaged Anderson to his first professional contract, named Anderson to his 1970 coaching staff.
    More Details Hide Details But within days of being hired in Anaheim, he was offered the opportunity to succeed Dave Bristol as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. His appointment reunited Anderson with Reds' general manager Bob Howsam, who had hired him as a minor-league skipper in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati organizations.
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 31
    It was during the 1966 season that Anderson's club lost to Miami 4–3 in 29 innings, which remains the longest pro game played (by innings) without interruption.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 29
    In 1964, at the age of 30, Anderson accepted Cooke's offer to manage the Leafs.
    More Details Hide Details He later handled minor league clubs at the Class A and Double-A levels, including a season (1968) in the Reds' minor league system.
  • 1959
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he batted only .218 in 152 games, with no home runs and 34 runs batted in, and returned to the minor leagues for the remainder of his playing career. His 527 at-bats is still the record for the most by a player who only played in one Major League season. He played the next four seasons with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League. After watching several practices, Leafs owner Jack Kent Cooke observed Anderson's leadership qualities and ability to teach younger players from all backgrounds. Cooke immediately encouraged him to pursue a career in managing, offering Anderson the post for the Leafs.
  • 1958
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In, he moved up once more, this time to the Triple-A Montreal Royals of the International League. In, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels of the open-classification Pacific Coast League. The next season, after the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, he returned to Montreal.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 18
    He married Carol Valle on October 3, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details They had first met when each was in the fifth grade. Anderson began his playing career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the class-C California League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop. 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.
  • 1951
    Age 16
    Anderson's American Legion team won the 1951 national championship, which was played in Briggs Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Los Angeles when he was eight. He was a batboy for the USC Trojans. He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. Upon graduating, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in.
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