Sparky Anderson 1981 Fleer Detroit Tigers Manager Card
For a debut baseball card, I am very impressed with what Fleer gave us with this card of Sparky Anderson.
I am a sucker for cards of players that feature the player waiting in the on-deck circle and when it comes to cards that feature a manager, this one conjures up the same emotion.
Take a look:
When it comes to Anderson’s management style, he was called ‘Captain Hook’ for a reason. He pulled pitchers from what he would call ‘unfavorable’ situations all of the time. He was known as not being very kind to the emotions of a relief pitcher and he had a knack for yanking poor-performing pitchers in the middle of facing a batter – regardless of the count.
In this image, I imagine that he was getting ready to spring up and make another call to the ‘pen.
Gotta love it!!