Sparky Anderson

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George Lee "Sparky" Anderson (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010) was a 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. Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.


Early life

Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934. He moved to Los Angeles when he was eight.[1] He was a batboy for the USC Trojans.[1] He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1953.[2] Sparky's American Legion Team won the 1951 National Championship, which was played in Brigg's Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.

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