Manager – Sparky Anderson
A great team needs a great manager. After winning two World Series titles with the Cincinnati Reds, Sparky Anderson cemented his place among the great managers of all-time by leading the Tigers to a title of their own. The 1984 title with the Tigers made Sparky the first manager to win a World Series as the manager of both an NL team and an AL team.
Sparky was twice named AL manager of the year – an honor he never received while in the NL – and his 1,331 wins as manager of the Tigers is a franchise best.
With such a great roster at his disposal Sparky could have put names in a hat and come up with a good lineup, but imagine filling out a lineup card like this:
1. Cobb, CF
2. Gehringer, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Greenberg, 1B
5. Kaline, RF
6. Fielder, DH
7. Trammell, SS
8. Horton, LF
9. Freehan, C
With the roster set, where is this hypothetical team to play? Comerica Park has all the comforts of a modern stadium and honestly, the time had come for the Tiger to move from ‘The Corner.’ But even for its warts, it just feels right for this all-time team to call Tiger Stadium home. The center field bleachers. The overhang of the upper deck in right field. The thick grass mowed a little taller than average. The light stanchions on the roof.
It is where the last World Champion Tigers called home and it will be home for our all-time roster.