1.30.2012

Sparky Anderson, 1982 Donruss (Coach-Manager Week No. 1)


Name: Sparky Anderson
Team: Detroit Tigers
Position: Manager
Value of card: A cup of prune juice
Key 1981 stat: Enough neck wrinkles to make a turkey jealous
Just in time for the Super Bowl, welcome to Coach-Manager Week: Whether in a dugout or on the sidelines, a team's leader is an old dude who's almost always rocking a big gut and a bigger attitude. Too often these gentlemen of the game are cast aside, forgotten and never given the credit they deserve. The Bust wants to change that. For seven glorious days, we'll bring you the coaches and managers whose knowledge of the game is only exceeded by their fashion IQ.
Sparky Anderson's train of thought from 2:11 to 2:13 p.m., April 14, 1982: "I wonder if I should eat this baseball. ... This Gibson kid isn't going to amount to jack squat, I bet. ... 'Sweet' Lou — heh. He wasn't so sweet when he was talking about Chet Lemon's mother the other day. ... Hey, you kids! Get off my lawn! Oh, wait, that's the bullpen. ... I still can't believe we signed a guy named Wockenfuss. Isn't that German for something to do with a guy's junk? ... If I look like this now, at age 48, I wonder what I'll look like at age 70? Hmm."
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