Anderson, Sparky

George Lee Anderson
Born: February 22, 1934, Bridgewater, South Dakota
Died: November 4, 2010, Thousand Oaks, California
Played For: 
Philadelphia Phillies (1959)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2000

Known for his jovial disposition, George "Sparky" Anderson was the first manager in history to win World Series championships in both the American and National Leagues. His career totals include 2,194 victories, the third most in Major League history, two Manager of the Year Awards, five league pennants and three World Series crowns. His heavy use of the bullpen staff earned him the nickname "Captain Hook," but this practice has now become the standard for Major League Baseball.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Sparky Anderson was the starting second baseman in his rookie year with the 1959 Phillies, yet never played another big league season?
Sparky's got style and charisma and knows how to manage and get the best out of his players.
Champ Summers