Monday, March 27, 2017

#358 Sparky Anderson....

Seemingly came out of nowhere to helm the first edition of the big Red Machine...Start of long standing relationship with the Queen City.... then up north up I-75 to the Motor City....MLB managing career spanned 26 season winning record in both towns....As a player, year for Phillies appearing in all but two games...hit .218 sent to AAA and never called up again....spent remaining playing years a fixture in the AAA Toronto Maple Leafs...asked to manage 1964...even though he won, concerns were expressed over his temper and let go, found himself scrambling for skipper positions....enter St Louis farm system; Sparky learns temperament ...came in handy for the coaching the first year Padres 1969....for 1970 was hired by the Angels, as a coach;  for a few days when the Reds came a knocking with the top spot....Legendary run; took the Reds to two WS wins and five post season contests....Controversial front office move was let go after 1978 season two seasons removed from one of the most domineering WS wins ever....picked up by Detroit 56 games into the 1979 season...only one post season appearance in Tiger town but made the most of it; rolled up the competition and Padres in the World Series....managed to the 1995 season....passed away 2010...known as a nice man, jovial and friendly despite a sometimes aloof appearance.


  1. Anderson's rookie manager card in the 1970 set shows him airbrushed out of his Padres' uniform.

  2. Yes one can see similar light towers of very barren facility on Sparky and other Padres cards. His his cap was blacken but possibly not the bill of the cap.