Sparky Anderson: 1934-2010
One of the legends
Reds manager George "Sparky" Anderson, left, and Mets manager Yogi Berra joke in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5, 1973, as the teams work out before their first playoff game.
On top of the world
Reds manager Sparky Anderson and catcher Johnny Bench celebrate their victory with champagne in the crowded dressing room at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 23, 1975. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games to win the World Series, then went on to repeat the next season. "It's a lot like a chess game, and Sparky was a chess master," Bench said.
Sparky and Pete
Former Reds manager Sparky Anderson, left, and Phillies first baseman Pete Rose watch the Phillies work out Monday, Oct. 14, 1980, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Anderson managed Rose with the Reds, moving Rose to third base in 1975 to put George Foster in left field. Many felt that was the final piece to the puzzle for the "Big Red Machine."
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is held by umpire Greg Kosc as he shoves a finger at rookie umpire Mark Johnson while arguing during game with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, July 27, 1982. Anderson, who learned to control his temper in the minors, was "a character with a great passion and love for the game," former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris said.
'Revered and treasured'
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, right, greets Reds manager John McNamara during workouts for the National League All-Star team on Monday, July 13, 1983. Anderson was "revered and treasured by his players for his humility, humanity, eternal optimism and knowledge of the game," his Hall of Fame plaque reads.
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson listens to questions from reporters April 5, 1995 during his first day at spring training camp in Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Anderson, who refused to coach replacement players during the strike, resigned after the 1995 season and did not manage again.
A true baseball man
Sparky Anderson, who picked up his nickname when a radio announcer started calling him Sparky for his feisty play in 1955, won 2,194 games as a manager, the third-highest total when he retired in 1995. "To be around me, you have to be a little bit cuckoo," Anderson said on the day he resigned from the Tigers after the 1995 season.
Part of history
Sparky Anderson, shown with his baseball memorabilia in 1995, is sixth on the career wins list with 2,194.
Hearing the call of the Hall
Sparky Anderson, left, joined Nettie Stearnes, the wife of Turkey Stearnes, Tony Perez and Carlton Fisk during Hall of Fame inductions on July 23, 2000. "I got good players, stayed out of their way, let them win a lot and then just hung around for 26 years," he said during his acceptance speech.
Icon of Detroit
Former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson gestures before throwing out the cerimonial first pitch prior to Game Two of 2006 World Series between Detroit and St. Louis. Anderson directed Detroit to the 1984 championship and a division title in 1987.
Beloved by his players
Former Reds shortstop Dave Concpecion, right, hugs former Reds manager Sparky Anderson during ceremonies before Cincinnati's game against Florida on Aug. 25, 2007. The Reds retired Concepcion's number before the game.