A tribute to Sparky: Sparky Anderson was so much more than the all-time leader among Tigers managers in victories, visibility and inimitable quotations. He was a legendary figure in his sport, beloved by fans, players and peers.
As a tribute, the Free Press has written a new hardcover book: “Sparky Anderson: The Life of a Baseball Legend.”
We reflect on his long career in 128 full-color pages of historic photos and defining moments by and about a good-field, no-hit middle infielder from South Dakota who was once a nobody known as George Lee Anderson.
To provide the complete portrait of Sparky’s entire career, the Free Press worked on the project with its sister Gannett paper in Cincinnati, The Enquirer.