Legendary manager Sparky Anderson, who won World Series titles in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds and in the American League with the Detroit Tigers, passed away November 4th, 2010 from complications of dementia. He was 76 years old. Anderson had an all time managerial record of 2194-1834 in 26 years of managing at the big league level, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000.
Sparky Anderson was signed as a free agent player by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1958 season. Anderson’s only season as a player in the big leagues came in 1959 with Philadelphia. A second baseman, he batted just .218 with no homers and 34 RBIs in 152 games that year for the Phillies.
Anderson was named manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, the youngest manager in the majors at that time at age 36. The Reds finished with a record of 102-60, swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Championship series, but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. The Reds won the National League Pennant again in 1972, losing to the Oakland Athletics that year in the World Series. In 1975, Anderson’s Reds won the National League Pennant and defeated the Boston Red Sox in the seven game 1975 World Series. The Reds won the pennant again in 1976, and then beat the New York Yankees in the World Series four games to none.
Following consecutive second place finishes in 1977 and 1978, Sparky Anderson was fired by the Reds after nine seasons. He took over the Detroit Tigers in 1979. In 1984, the Tigers led the American League East from Opening Day onward, finishing with a record of 104-58. The Tigers beat the San Diego Padres in the World Series and Anderson became the first manager to win the World Series with teams from both leagues. Anderson’s Tigers won the American League East in 1987, but lost to the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series. The Tigers went into a decline after that, finishing no higher than second place, and Anderson retired in 1995, after 17 seasons with the Tigers.
Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Dies ESPN.com