Some professional baseball stars are coming together this week in Ventura County, to honor a legendary manager who lived in the region for years.
The late Sparky Anderson will be celebrated in a tribute tomorrow night at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks.
Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series Championship in both leagues, as skipper of the Cincinnati Reds in 1975, and 1976, and the Detroit Tigers in 1984.
Among those scheduled to speak are Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Alan Trammel, who was the MVP for Anderson’s 1984 World Championship team.
Anderson lived down the street from the CLU campus, and became a mentor for some of its players. The University named its baseball stadium after Anderson. He died last November, at the age of 76.
The 6:30 p.m. event at CLU’s Lundring Events Center is hosted by CLU President Chris Kimball, who is a baseball historian who has written books about the sport. It’s open to the public, with admission benefiting Anderson’s favorite charities.