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Anderson, Sparky, 1934-2010.
First Prentice Hall Press edition.
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New York : Prentice Hall Press, [1990]

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264 pages ; 25 cm
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GV865.A48 A37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sparky is candid, outspoken, provocative--and he's a winner. The only manager ever to win a World Series ring in both the American and National leagues, his name is synonymous with success in every major-league city in the country. He reveals the inside story of his abrupt dismissal from the Reds, his dramatic reemergence with Detroit, and how twenty years of managing finally took their toll. 20 photographs.

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Booklist Review

George ("Sparky") Anderson is probably the most successful baseball manager of his time. He piloted the Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" through the 1970s and then moved over to Detroit where, until last season, he continued his winning ways. This is a typical sports biography with lots of compliments and hardly a discouraging word, with Anderson recalling his minor league days as a player and manager, his salad years with the Reds, and his recent stint with the Tigers. He offers plenty of opinions along with personal all-time lists. This perfectly acceptable bio is gummed up a bit with Sparky's account of his struggle as a (gulp!) "winaholic." (Yes, he was addicted to winning . . . and no, he's not kidding.) He's overcome his affliction now, though it may or may not be good news for Tiger fans. If Sparky wins one, will he go on an uncontrollable bender of victories? (Maybe he needs to dry out with a week at the White Sox Victory Abuse Clinic on Chicago's South Side.) A crusty, likable book (just like Sparky). --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Anderson's account of his 20 years as manager with the Cincinnati and Detroit ball clubs includes an engrossing description of the bout of exhaustion that made him leave the Tigers in 1989 and generous praise for such managers and players as Casey Stengel and Pete Rose. According to PW, this is a ``warmhearted if occasionally repetitious autobiography.'' (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

``I'm a winaholic'' is Anderson's response to why he suddenly took leave from his Detroit Tigers' managerial post during a miserable 1989 season. In retrospect he views it as a case of success not only breeding success but an obsession with winning as well. Consequently, when faced with defeat, he decided on a respite. What follows this opening bit of soul-searching is an extended commentary on teams, players, fans, owners, etc., that is noteworthy for its consistently praiseworthy tone. As a manager, Anderson avoids public belittlement of his players, a practice he extends to almost everyone in the business. Fans should find this state-of-the-manager report reassuring, coming from one of the most respected men in the game.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Meyers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.