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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 February 1934Bridgewater, South Dakota, USA
Date of Death 4 November 2010Thousand Oaks, California, USA  (complications from dementia)
Birth NameGeorge Lee Anderson
Nicknames Captain Hook
Sparky
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Manager of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds from 1972 to 1978. Team was known as the Big Red Machine and included such superstar players as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, and Joe Morgan. Anderson guided the Reds to four World Series appearances in his tenure, winning the world championship in 1975 and 1976. Anderson was fired from the Reds after the 1978 season and moved to the TV broadcast booth for a season before being hired by the Detroit Tigers in 1980. He managed the Tigers from 1980 to 1995, winning another World Series in 1984 with Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, and Lance Parrish.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: phil

Spouse (1)

Carol Valle (3 October 1953 - 4 November 2010) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

First Major League Baseball manager to guide teams in both the National League and American League to World Series titles. 1975 and 1976, Sparky Anderson was the manager of National League team Cincinnati Reds, leading them to World Series Championship, in 1975, 4 wins and 3 losses against the Boston Red Sox. But in 1976, Cincinnati Reds swept New York Yankees 4 to 0. His American League World Series Championship, he was manager of the Detroit Tigers, in 1984, 4 wins and 1 loss to National League team, San Diego Padres.
As manager of the Reds, he earned the nickname "Captain Hook" for his tendency to pull his starting pitchers from games at the slightest sign of trouble.
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Committee on Baseball Veterans in 2000.
Managed the American League team, Detroit Tigers from 1979-1995, won the 1984 World Series, four to one against National League team, San Diego Padres.
Managed a total of 4030 games in the major leagues, winning 2194, losing 1834, for a winning percentage of .545.
1984 and 1987 American League Manager of the Year.
Played 152 games for the Philadelphia Phillies at second base in 1959, with a batting average of .218.
Managed the National League team, Cincinnati Reds from 1970-1978, winning the World Series in 1975, against the American league team, Boston Red Sox, 4 wins and 3 losses. In 1976, the Cincinnati Reds' opponent were the American League team, New York Yankees and went undefeated, 4 to 0.
Given the nickname "Sparky", due to his explosive attitude towards the umpires when he argued with them. A broadcaster said when he argued with an ump, "the sparks are flying", which earned him the nickname.

Personal Quotes (2)

[about Casey Stengel] Casey knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet.
Players have two things to do. Play and keep their mouths shut.

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