Look for Sparky Anderson Memorabilia:Barnes & Noble | Amazon.com | eBay.com
Sparky Anderson from the Chronology
Apr 29, 2004 - The Cardinals beat the Phillies 5-4 in 13 innings. The win makes St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa only the 2nd manager in history (along with Sparky Anderson) to win 700 games with 2 different teams.
Jul 23, 2000 - Tony Perez Sparky Anderson Carlton Fisk Bid McPhee and Turkey Stearnes are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Reds announcer Marty Brennaman is also enshrined in the broadcasters' wing.
Feb 17, 1995 - Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is put on an involuntary leave of absence as he refuses to manage replacement players. The Orioles announce they will not play exhibition games against teams using replacement players.
Jun 29, 1986 - Detroit beats Milwaukee 9-5 in the first game of a doubleheader split making Tigers manager Sparky Anderson the first manager ever to win 600 games in each league. The Brewers win game 2 3-1.
Sep 23, 1984 - Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs as the Tigers beat the Yankees 4-1. Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970 1975 and 1976.
Dec 5, 1978 - A week after Sparky Anderson leaves the Reds free agent Pete Rose signs a 4-year $3.2 million contract with the Phillies temporarily making him the highest-paid athlete in team sports.
Nov 28, 1978 - The Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years‚ during which the club averaged 96 wins per season and won 5 divisional titles‚ 4 league pennants‚ and 2 World Series. The surprise move comes six days after the Reds return from a trip to Japan. Anderson has one year left on a contract and had no idea he'd be fired.
Oct 1, 1978 - With an 8-3 lead over the Braves Reds manager Sparky Anderson pulls Pete Rose in the 8th inning. Atlanta scores 5 runs in the 9th to tie and the Reds finally win in 14 innings 10-8. Rose thus ends the season with 198 hits and Sparky's move deprives him of reaching his annual 200 hit total. Johnny Bench has a grand slam and the Braves hand out an NL record 16 walks in the game. Reds pitchers strike out 19.
Sep 7, 1974 - Playing on a badly sprained ankle Joe Morgan belts a 2-run homer off Mike Marshall to give the Reds a 7-5 win over the Dodgers. Before his homer Morgan had missed a pitch and fallen down prompting Sparky Anderson to try and remove him. The Reds win today after trailing 5-0.
Jul 14, 1974 - The Reds and Pirates split a doubleheader at Three Rivers Stadium marked by a free-for-all which is later credited with inspiring Pittsburgh and turning its season around. The fight starts in game 2 after a 4th inning beanball when Jack Billingham plunks P Bruce Kison bringing both teams onto the field. When Sparky Anderson accidentally steps on Ed Kirkpatrick's foot the Buc catcher shoves the Reds manager earning him a punch from the Reds Andy Kosko. Pedro Borbon pins Daryl Patterson pulling his hair out and a piece of flesh and biting him. The Pirates win the nitecap 2-1 after losing 3-2.
May 1, 1970 - At Cincinnati the Reds lead the Pirates 6-4 with 2 outs in the 9th and Willie Stargell comes to the plate. Sparky Anderson then moves pitcher Wayne Granger to LF not wanting to remove him if Stargell reaches base and brings in Don Gullett to face the Bucs slugger. Stargell who accounted for all the Bucs runs with a grand slam strikes out and the Reds win 6-4.
Apr 6, 1970 - In the last home opener at Crosley Field the Reds top the Expos 5-1 behind Jim Merritt. It is the first win for manager Sparky Anderson. The Reds have 3 homers in the 4th when Lee May Bernie Carbo and Bobby Tolan connect. It is Carbo's first ML hit. Joe Sparma takes the loss.
Jun 14, 1966 - Miami ekes out a 4-3 triumph over St. Petersburg (Florida State League) managed by Sparky Anderson in 29 innings. It finishes at 2:29 a.m. the longest game not interrupted by a suspension of play in the history of organized ball (The Pawtucket marathon in 1981 is the longest). At two o'clock the umpires announcement that the game will not continue past 30 innings is greeted by jeers of "more! more!" by the 150 fans still up.
May 3, 1961 - In an International League game at Toronto the home town Maple Leafs score 10 runs in the 8th inning to win 15-3. Leaf switch hitter Ellis Burton homers twice in the big inning once from each side of the plate. His 2nd homer is a grand slam over the RF fence. Teammate Sparky Anderson scored on both HRs after reaching base on walks.
Dec 23, 1958 - The Dodgers trade minor league infielder Sparky Anderson to the Phillies for OF Rip Repulski and pitchers Gene Snyder and Jim Golden. Sparky will be the Phils' regular 2B in 1959‚ his only big league season as a player. His 152 games is the most for a one-season career and his 119 total bases is the fewest ever for a player with 500 at bats.
Jun 26, 1948 - Yale wins the second game of the College World Series, 8–3, behind the pitching of Frank Quinn, as Southern Cal strands 14 runners. George Bush has a single and two RBIs for the Eli. In the second game, USC jumps to a 6–0 lead and coasts home, 9-2. Southern Cal’s Gail Henley signs with the Giants and doesn’t bother returning to California, heading for Minneapolis instead. Frank Quinn signs a bonus with the Red Sox and will appear in nine games. The USC bat boy is Sparky Anderson.