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Anderson first 800-game winner in AL and NL
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 9, 1988

Sparky Anderson is the first manager to win 800 games in both leagues when his Detroit Tigers defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 in a battle of division leaders.

Anderson has been managing the Tigers since 1979. Before that, he had an 863-586 record as manager of the Cincinnati Reds (1970-78).

"Sparky's had a great managerial career," Oakland manager Tony La Russa says.

Anderson says, "If I stay healthy, I might be around another 15 years."

He won't be; he will be fired by the Tigers after the 1995 season. His lifetime record will be 2,194-1,834 for a .545 winning percentage in his 26 seasons as a manager.

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