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Happening Elsewhere: RIP Sparky Anderson

Jan 5, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT


George “Lee” Sparky Anderson, 1934 – 2010. Played one lackluster season as the Phils’ starting baseman (.218, 0 HR) in 1959 before washing out of pro ball. Joined the Reds at age 38 as manager, went from no-name to back-to-back champion with five years at the helm of the Big Red Machine. Moved to Detroit in 1979, and became the first manager ever to win a World Series in both leagues when the Tigers went all the way in ’84. Managed another decade before supposedly becoming disillusioned with post-strike baseball and retiring in 1995. Sparky’s 2194 career wins are still good for sixth all-time among managers.

Died of complications yesterday from dementia at the age of 76. RIP.