Monday, August 26, 2013

1970 Topps #181: Sparky Anderson, Cincinnati Reds, MGR

Sparky Anderson played mostly in the Minor Leagues between 1953-1963, except for his one season with the Phillies as a 25 year old in 1959, earning 104 Hits in 477 AB's.  He began his managerial career in Minor Leagues as a 30 year old in 1964, which lasted through 1968.  It was in 1970 that Sparky began his 26-year tenure as a Major League manager for two different teams, resulting in 5 World Series appearances with 3 titles--and an eventual induction into the Hall of Fame.  During his first year as a Major League manager, Sparky led the Reds to their first World Series appearance in nine years with a 102-win season.  It was during that year that the Reds first really became known as the "Big Red Machine". 

BV: $5.00
Cost: $1.50
Condition: VG 3.0
Completion: 631 of 720
Comment:  This is Sparky Anderson's managerial rookie card.

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