Sparky Anderson died yesterday from complications resulting from Dementia. Sparky Anderson is survived by his wife Carol, two sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by members of The Big Red Machine and Detroit Tigers who he led to three World Series Championships. Sparky Anderson was a great Major League manager and he will be missed by many.
Great Major League Manager
Heroes of Baseball
Sparky Anderson began his Major League baseball career as a player in 1959 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He batted .218 in 152 games with 34 RBI’s and no HRS. This was the end of Sparky Andersons Major League baseball career as a player. He was sent down to the minors where he spent the rest of his career. His failure as a Major League baseball player did not stop Sparky Anderson from living his dream of being a great part of Major League baseball.
Sparky Anderson accepted a job as a Minor League manager in 1964 and managed the Leafs in the Cincinnati Reds Minor League system in 1968. Sparky was a successful Minor League manager. He managed a pennant winner for four straight years. Sparky Anderson found his gift as a baseball manager. San Diego hired Sparky Anderson as coach in 1969. In October 1969, Sparky Anderson was offered a job to become the manager of the Cincinnati Reds succeeding Dave Bristol. Sparky Anderson gladly accepted the job.
Sparky Anderson led the Cincinnati Reds to 102 wins and the Pennant in 1970; they lost the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles. The Reds finished fifth in 1971 because the team was plague with injuries. A healthy Cincinnati Reds team won the Pennant in 1972, losing to the Oakland A’s in the World Series. The Reds lost to the Mets in the 1973 NLCS. The Cincinnati Reds finished second in 1974 as they began their climb into the team that would be called The Big Red Machine.
In 1975, The Cincinnati Reds won 108 games and beat the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic seven game World Series. The Big Red Machine was born. Sparky Anderson won his first World Series as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds repeated in 1976 by sweeping the New York Yankees in the World Series. Sparky Anderson was fired in 1978 because the Cincinnati Reds did not make the playoffs. His great career as the manager of the Big Red Machine was over. Sparky Anderson left Cincinnati with two World Series victories. Sparky Anderson was hired by the Detroit Tigers and he led them to a World Series victory in 1984. Sparky Anderson retired from managing baseball in 1995 after many successful seasons and three World Series victories.
Sparky Anderson was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2000. He had won three World Series championships, one in the American League and two in the National League. He had won two AL Manager of the Year awards in 1984 and 1987. He left Major League baseball 6th on the all-time Managerial winning list. Sparky Anderson passed away yesterday from complications resulting from Dementia. He was a great Major League baseball manager, a great man, and a hero of baseball. May you rest in peace “Sparky.”