Sparky Anderson was 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 book: "Sparky Anderson: The Life of a Baseball Legend." We reflect on his long career in 128 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.
The book, which costs $14.95, is available now at freep.com/bookstore or by calling 800-245-5082. 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.