Sparky Anderson was everything that a baseball manager was and should’ve been when I was growing up. He was old and crotchety and didn’t take shit from the bigger, much scarier players. He was fiesty and most importantly of all, his teams were always competitive.
The Hall of Fame coach managed both the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds to World Series wins, and should also be remembered for his refusal to manage scab players in the aftermath of the 1994-1995 MLB strike. And today, George Lee “Sparky” Anderson has gone to the cornfields in the sky. He was 76.