In 1968, George Lee "Sparky" Anderson led the Asheville Tourists to their first Southern League Championship with a record of 86-54, a winning percentage of .614. Anderson would go on to manage in the Major Leagues for 26 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. He was a 3-time World Series Champion, twice with the Reds in 1975 and 1976, and once with the Tigers in 1984. He was also a two-time American League Manager of the year in 1984 and 1987.
In 2000, Anderson was inducted into both the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Both the Reds and the Tigers retired his jersey number. At the time of his retirement, he was the only manager to win a World Series in both leagues, and his 2,194 wins listed him as the third winningest manager in MLB history.