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Blog #37 (Sparky Anderson)

October 17, 2012

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Sparky Anderson began his Hall of Fame managerial career relatively unknown, and at the very tender age of 36. His playing career had lasted a mere one year (in 1959 with the Philadelphia Phillies) and when he was selected to manage the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, he lacked any major league managerial experience. All he did was become the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues; with the Reds in the National League in 1975 and 1976, and with the Detroit Tigers in the American League in 1984. It was Sparky, despite never himself hitting a major league home run, who spawned the Big Red Machine--the Cincinnati Reds powerhouse dynasty of the 1970's featuring, among others: Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Davey Concepcion. With the Reds, Sparky won the National League pennants in 1970 and 1972 losing in the World Series, respectively, to the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A's before winning the ultimate prize in 1975 against the Boston Red Sox and following it up the very next year by sweeping the Yankees.

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