George Lee “Sparky” Anderson spent one full year as a player with Philadelphia, batting .218 in 1959. He went on to play 4 more years after that at the Triple A level for the Toronto Maple leafs. Jack Kent Cooke, then the owner of the team offered Anderson the manager’s job in 1964 realizing his playing career was ending and thinking that Anderson had the potential to be a good manager. Anderson went on to manage in the big leagues at Cincinnati for 9 years, winning 2 Worlds Series and he spent 17 years managing the Detroit Tigers, winning 1 World Series. He was the first manager to lead his team to win the World Series in both leagues. His managerial record was 2194-1834, sixth best of all time. When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, he chose to wear the Cincinnati Reds hat on his plaque despite playing 8 more years with the Tigers in honor of former Cincinnati GM Bob Howsam who gave Anderson his first big league managing opportunity.
April 25, 2015
Thousand Oaks, CA