On November 28, 1978, The Cincinnati Reds fire their nine-year manager, Sparky Anderson, who had led the team to five Division titles, four National League pennants and two World Championships (in 1975 and 1976), and averaged 96 wins per season.

The surprise move comes six days after the Reds return from a trip to Japan. Anderson has one year left on a contract and had no idea he’d be fired. He will become the manager of the Detroit Tigers on June 12, 1979, replacing Les Moss.

Anderson, will lead the Tigers to a World Championship in 1984 becoming the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. Tony LaRussa is the other.


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