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George Lee Anderson
Born: Feb. 22, 1934 in Bridgewater, South Dakota 
Debut: 1959 | Pos: 2B
Ht: 5’9″ | Wt: 170 | B: R | T: R

1 152 477 42 104 0 34 6 .218

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Sparky Anderson had less than 500 at-bats as a player, but he would leave his mark upon many of the greatest in the game. Anderson is considered one of the greatest managers in the game and was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Anderson managed the Reds from 1970 to 1978, with a record of 863-586, guiding Cincinnati to four pennants and two World Series victories. His Reds teams won 100 games or more in a season three times (1970, 75, 76). While he managed them, the Reds had only one season (1971) in which they finished under .500.

In 1979, he became manager of the Detroit Tigers. He compiled a 1331-1248 record with the Tigers and the team won the World Series in 1984.

He is the only manager in history to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues. His career total of 2.194 wins as a manager ranks him third all-time behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was selected as Manager of the Year four time, twice each with the Tigers and Reds. 

A second baseman as a player, Anderson appeared in the Major Leagues in just one season. In 1959, he hit .218 in 477 at-bats with the Philadelphia Phillies. He drove in 34 runs and stole 6 bases in 15 attempts.