Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sparky Anderson

George Lee "Sparky" Anderson born on February 22nd, 1933 passed away November 4th 2010.
I grew up watching the Detroit Tigers and as long as I can remember he was the coach there. Before that he managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. Ol' Sparky 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. Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota on February 22, 1934. 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, California. Upon graduating, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dogers as an amateur free agent in 1953.
One day after being placed into hospice care Sparky died from complications with Dementia.

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