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Corrales impressed Reds management and was popular with teammates. Two years later, he became manager of the Reds. Right-hander Jim Maloney wasn’t quite the overpowering strikeout flamethrower of a few years earlier, but he was coming off a 12-5, 2.77 earned-run average season and still was only 29 years old. Davey was just my buddy. Need Help? Sound familiar? ( Log Out /  “I cried,” said the skinny right-hander. Make Offer - SPARKY ANDERSON 1970 TOPPS CINCINNATI REDS MANAGER VINTAGE BASEBALL CARD. The change hit relief pitcher Wayne Granger even harder. “I’m probably the only guy in the league who has thrown out more runners than he has hits,” Corrales told The Sporting News. Bristol was good, but not good enough, prompting Howsam to fire him after three-plus seasons and replace him with the nearly unknown George “Sparky” Anderson. Perhaps the most startling keeper was left-handed pitcher Don Gullett, who not only was just 19, but he was a young 19, having just celebrated a birthday on January 6. The 1970 Cincinnati Reds squad was the first edition of the " Big Red Machine." “Bristol being fired was very shocking,” second baseman Tommy Helms recalled. In addition, the census of any particular card can and does change as new cards are graded and/or discovered. The Reds team that gathered in Tampa for the opening of camp was laden with talent, proven and untapped. A kind gesture by Reds manager Sparky Anderson turned a disappointing ending into an uplifting moment. George Lee “Sparky” Anderson (February 22, 1934 - November 4, 2010) managed the Cincinnati Reds (1970-1978) and the Detroit Tigers (1979-1995) for 26 years. Even though more than 30 years has gone by, I still remember Sports Illustrated jinxing Pat Corrales and the 1987 Cleveland Indians. Sparky was folksy and friendly and a diamond icon as manager of the Reds from 1970 to 1978 and Tigers from 1979 to 1995, but at a cost familiar to many who make baseball a … $3.99 + $1.99 shipping . The Reds’ Pat Corrales, a loyal, seldom-used backup catcher who had experienced personal tragedy, never had played in a World Series game. ( Log Out /  Afterward, Corrales reported to the Cardinals’ Florida Instructional League team to work on his hitting. SPARKY ANDERSON 1970 TOPPS CINCINNATI REDS MANAGER VINTAGE BASEBALL CARD. Merritt fell off the roof of his California home and broke his right elbow the day before he was scheduled to leave for camp, but that didn’t keep Anderson from immediately establishing an identity by running a grueling training camp that Bench famously referred to as “Stalag 17” --  a reference to a movie about German prisoner-of-war camp. Howsam and the Reds knew their top prospect, Johnny Bench, would be the starting catcher in 1968, replacing Johnny Edwards, and viewed Corrales as a potential backup. On July 29, 1968, Corrales was the catcher when the Reds’ George Culver pitched a no-hitter against the Phillies. … But the influence Sparky Anderson had on the Cincinnati Reds was felt almost overnight.”. If they’re going to make a change, I was thinking about somebody like Gene Mauch or Al Lopez – somebody who’s been managing for a long time, some older guy, but they went out and got a guy 36 years old to run the team.”. The manager was George Kissell and Sparky Anderson was his assistant. Joe Morgan vs. Cards: Different uniform, familiar result, Why manager Eddie Dyer said goodbye to Cardinals, 1948 Life magazine on A’s manager Connie Mack, 85: “If a pitcher works himself out of a tight hole, or a player mak…, Today's new post is the story of how 50 years ago, in October 1970, outfielder Herman Hill had a bright future when…, In his 1st go-around as White Sox manager, Tony La Russa was mentored by Paul Richards. “I think it was four teams that were within three games of each other, so anybody could’ve won it. So we knew we had a good enough club. IMPORTANT NOTE: The PSA CardFacts Condition Census is a work-in-progress and should only be used as a guide. I want him to have a chance to get his name in a World Series box score.”. $1.25 0 bids + $3.50 shipping . He later handled minor league clubs at the Class-A and Double-A levels, including a season (1968) in the Reds' minor league system. Simpson had been Howsam’s first No. A really cool story. On Feb. 8, 1968, Howsam acquired Corrales for the second time, trading Edwards to the Cardinals for him and Jimy Williams. This practice remains standard in the Major League Baseball today. Sparky and I got along, but he had no major league experience. ( Log Out /  Corrales, 25, spent the 1966 season as backup to Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver, but got into a mere 28 games and hit .181. Sparky Anderson Cincinnati Reds 1970 Topps #181. Besides challenging the veterans with his “I’m the boss” approach, Anderson also wasn’t afraid to give young players an opportunity and, for a team with such a large core of veterans, a shocking number of youngsters made the Opening Day roster. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Rose scored the game-tying run while Hibbs went flying. In 1984, Sparky became the first manager in baseball history to win World Series in both the American League and National Leagues. He’ll get the ball there, you always know that.”. In 1964, at the age of 30, Anderson accepted Cooke's offer to manage the Leafs. 1959 Topps #338 Sparky Anderson Phil Phillies Rookie Baseball Card E/M . According to The Sporting News, Orioles players donated money from fines collected by their clubhouse kangaroo court. 1 pick and the 14th overall selection in 1969, went 7-2 with a league-leading 1.96 ERA at Single-A Sioux Falls, and his .284 ERA in 19 innings over six Grapefruit League games was impressive enough for Anderson to give him a spot in the bullpen. “Sparky was fresh from the weeds when he showed up at camp in 1970,” Bench recalled in “Catch You Later,” his 1979 autobiography. “He’s so skinny, the only place he could have won a college letter was Indiana,” Pete Rose told Sports Illustrated. Helms, Rose, first baseman Lee May and catcher Johnny Bench all had won Rookie of the Year awards and, with third baseman Tony Perez, been named to All-Star teams. “Gosh, we went down to the last week,” he pointed out. It means a lot to a guy.”. $3.00 + $3.00 shipping . Sparky Anderson won five pennants and three World Series during his 26-year career (1970-1995). Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Gullett, the Ashland, Ky., native who was the Reds’ No. Nothing got past B. Robby in that World Series. I think he’d do the same for me. Anderson, who played one season in the majors and 10 in the minors, appreciated a role player such as Corrales, who lived in Bench’s shadow. Rickey’s Redbirds,” is an ideal book for readers of baseball and history. Grounding out to Brooks Robinson in a World Series…I’d be a member of that club any day. “He wore the same pair of white shoes for months. That was enough to convince general manager Bob Howsam that Dave Bristol might not be the manager who could lift or push the team to the next level. If any major league team was shrouded by a cloak of mystery as spring training convened in February for the 1970 season, it was the Cincinnati Reds. “Howsam had told us that year that he was going to go out and get someone with major league experience. “He wore the same pair of white shoes for months. “Corrales has done that for us and I wasn’t going to let this chance get away.”, To the Dayton Daily News, Anderson said, “I wasn’t being sentimental. We all jumped on his credentials. Sparky Anderson 's first year as a major league manager produced 102 wins and … Early in his playing, George was nicknamed “Sparky” in the minors by a local radio announcer due to his aggressive playing style, but it was his managerial nickname, “Captain Hook”, that revolutionized today’s game. Couldn’t walk and chew tobacco, and didn’t know what to do when a microphone was put in front of him. Picture Information. All rights reserved. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. George Lee “ Sparky ” Anderson (February 22, 1934 - November 4, 2010) managed the Cincinnati Reds (1970-1978) and the Detroit Tigers (1979-1995) for 26 years. Against the Cardinals, he hit .417 (5-for-12). During a game against Triple-A Indianapolis on March 31, Rose, the right fielder who’d become the first Reds player to be paid a six-figure salary when he signed for $105,000, went from first to home on a hit by Johnny Bench, lowering his shoulder to crash into catcher Jim Hibbs. Corrales hit .236 in 43 games for the 1970 Reds, who finished first in the West Division. Author Mike Mitchell’s latest work, “Mr. The PSA CardFacts Condition Census lists the ten finest PSA-graded examples of a particular card. By default, each of the ten finest cards will be shown on a single line in the Condition Census grid. The top five in the census are listed on the specific card's "home page." Anderson was assigned to manage Modesto. … Corrales returned to the Reds a week after Sharon’s funeral. $2.25. Orioles wives raised funds with a bake sale and paper flower sale. Unlike Hall of Famers such as George Sisler and Ernie Banks, Corrales had gotten to play in a World Series, and Anderson, in his first season as a big-league manager, had enhanced his growing reputation by being a considerate leader. Actually, it was a tie. He knows what’s going on out there every minute. Asked about Corrales, Pete Rose told The Sporting News, “There’s a man who can do it all. Buyers or sellers of a particular card should do their own research to determine the relative importance of that card. Corrales never played in another World Series. Rose doing everything he could to win a meaningless exhibition game? He put me out there, and I loved it.”. Sparky Anderson won five pennants and three World Series during his 26-year career (1970-1995). “I was a skinny guy with no muscles, so I wasn’t going to get a sore arm because I didn’t have any muscles to get sore. Even in 1969 – when Major League Baseball expanded to 12 teams in each league and split each into two divisions, immediately doubling the number of potential World Series qualifiers – Cincinnati’s hard-hitting “Big Red Machine” logged a solid 89 wins but could finish only third in the West Division. You can order it on Amazon or at the author’s website. In the National League Championship Series, the Reds swept the Pirates, and Corrales didn’t play. Sparky Anderson. Anderson joined the Cardinals as a minor-league manager in March 1965. They had three daughters, the oldest, 5, and twins, 3. Among the fund-raisers were the Orioles. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Several of the veterans were as shocked by the dismissal of the popular Bristol as they were mystified by the prematurely gray 36-year-old Anderson. I was being honest. 1 draft pick as Cincinnati’s general manager in 1967, but a later top choice had an even more meteoric rise to the majors. That’s why I wanted to make sure Pat had a chance to get his name in a box score. The entire ten-card census can be viewed by clicking the "more" link at the bottom left of the home page census. Corrales played the 1967 season at Tulsa for Spahn, and hit .274 in 130 games. During the 1970 World Series, Orioles first baseman Boog Powell told Sports Illustrated, “When you play with Brooks, you just go to the bag and hold the glove out. Certification numbers appear in the lower right of the encapsulated label or on the oval DNA sticker. While every effort is made to be as accurate as possible, errors and omissions may occur. I’d have let him down by not letting him bat.”, Corrales hit Cuellar’s first pitch to third. “He was my buddy. Anderson wasted no time going to his bullpen replacing a starting pitcher with a reliever at the first sign of trouble. In his brief plate appearance, Corrales made the last out of the 1970 World Series, but the result didn’t matter. I wanted to hit.”, Regarding the move by Anderson, Corrales told Newsday, “I appreciate he thought of giving me the chance.”, Ritter Collett of the Dayton Journal Herald called Anderson’s action “a considerate gesture, like a coach getting his seniors into the final game.”, Wells Twombly wrote in The Sporting News, “It was a charming gesture, full of good, rich schmaltz.

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