George “Sparky” Anderson was More Than a Manager
People who know baseball will never forget Sparky Anderson. He managed the Big Red Machine which is the Cincinnati Reds in the Seventies. He won two World Series Championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976.
Anderson managed many Hall of Fame players in Cinci, including the likes of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and even a disgraced player by the name of Peter Edward Rose. Everyone knows Rose's story in the gambling arena. He should be in the Hall, but probably will never get there.
Anderson, ended his career with 2,194 wins in MLB. This stat is sixth most for a manager in MLB history.
And let's not forget what George “Sparky” Anderson did with the Detroit Tigers. Anderson brought a winning culture and motivation to Motown.
George “Sparky” Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He had future Hall of Famers there too with Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. They won the 1984 World Series versus the San Diego Padres. I was actually there for that great win. Kirk Gibson hit that dramatic homer off Gosse Gossage. It was an epic night in Detroit sports history.
George “Sparky” Anderson brought the charisma you need to win in anything. We need more people cut from that cloth. Don’t ever forget the great Sparky Anderson. The Sparkler was a great manager.
Hopefully AJ Hinch can bring a World Series Championship to Detroit during his time here!