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Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

Nov 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Sparky Anderson Reds uni

My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer recounting a number of little known Sparky anecdotes.

There’s some good stuff about his minor league playing days and his version of why he was fired by the Reds which I somehow missed when he told it a couple of years ago.  The best one, though, is about why he would always have his hands in his back pockets when he came out of the dugout for pitching changes or arguments with the umps.

Great stuff about a great guy. Check it out.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Man, he looks just like my Grandfather did. Besides my Grandpop had long white hair. It’s uncanny.

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    I am 42 in a week, but my memory of Sparky is as much of him in Cincy as in Detroit. That WKRP episode has something to do with it.

  3. jimeejohnson - Nov 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    I remember the great Reds-Red Sox Series of 1975, and the Reds-Yankees series where Cincinnati swept NY. Vegas was giving 100-1 odds against the Yankees, but my Mom refused to let my Dad (lifelong Yankee fan) place the minimum $100 bet. He knew the “big red machine” was unstoppable by solid pitching. That Reds team was one of the few in history that disproved the notion that pitching wins. Ask Cliff Lee, but not the Giants.

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