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Thursday, November 4, 2010

On the Beat: Sparky Anderson Dies at 76

PBR - Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson died today at the age of 76 of complications as a result of dementia.

Anderson managed the Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" from 1970-1978, winning consecutive World Series from 1975-76 to go along with four National League pennants. Anderson also was the first manager to win a World Series with two different franchises after he led the Detroit Tigers to a championship in 1984. He is sixth all time in wins by a manager with 2,194 and is the only manager in history to lead two different franchises in wins (Reds and Tigers).

Anderson played for the Phillies in 1959 in his lone season as a player. He batted .218 with 34 RBI's and 42 runs scored in 477 at-bats.

Anderson is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Lee and Albert; daughter Shirley; and nine grandchildren.

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