Thursday, November 04, 2010

Captain Hook

George Lee Anderson, b. Feb. 22, 1934. d. Nov. 4, 2010.

My vague memories of Sparky start with him as a manager of the Detroit Tigers in the 1980s. He is 6th on the all times win list for Major League Baseball managers and won 3 World Series and 5 pennants. Although he spent more time in Detroit, Sparky is most famously the skipper of the Big Red Machine. With Cincinnati he won two of his rings and introduced and popularized the 5 man starting rotation. In a matter of a year or two is was adopted across baseball.

A truly deserving member of the Hall Of Fame and a loss to baseball. So long, Sparky.

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