Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
1934 – Born on February 22nd in Bridgewater, South Dakota. He is also the only manager to win a World Series in both leagues and the first to win 100 games in a season in both leagues.
1959 – Was the second baseman for Philadelphia Phillies.
1970-1978 – He guided the Cincinnati Reds, a team that became known as the "Big Red Machine".
– Anderson was named Manager of the Year in the National League.
– Under his leadership, the Reds won five National League West Division titles, four pennants and two World Series. Cincinnati became only the third National League team and the first in 54 years to win back-to-back World Series.
1979 – Sparky took over the Detroit Tigers midway through the season and stayed at the helm.
1984 – Under his leadership, the Tigers won their first World Series in 16 years.
– Anderson was named Manager of the Year in the American League.
1987 – They also took the American League East Division title.
– Sparky is the proud founder of CATCH (Caring Athletes Team for Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals).
1992 – He was named to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
1999 – He was named to the Reds’ Hall of Fame.
2000 – Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in July.