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Sparky Anderson was the manager of baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, winning three World Series championships.
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The Reds ultimately lost the 1970 World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, but over the next nine years Anderson helped the Reds achieve an 863-596 record, win four pennants and score two World Series titles.
Anderson was fired in 1978, however, after two back-to-back division title losses. The seasoned manager barely missed a beat, taking over the reins of the Detroit Tigers, who he managed until his retirement in 1995. During that time, Anderson helped the Tigers to a 1331-1248 record,
one pennant win, and a World Series title.
For his role with the Tigers, Anderson was named American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and 1987. He was also the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. For his accomplishments, Anderson earned initiation into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. His number, 10, was retired by the Reds in 2005.
On November 4, 2010, Sparky Anderson died from complications resulting from dementia. He is survived by wife Carol, who he met in grade school; sons Lee and Albert; daughter Shirley Englebrecht; and nine grandchildren.
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