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Joseph Everett Sparks

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lbs.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Joe Sparks was a minor-league middle infielder for 13 seasons, mainly in the New York and San Francisco Giants' organization. He was a player-coach for four of those seasons and reached AAA in 1963 and 1964 with Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. He was the Southern League all-star second baseman in 1969 with the Columbus White Sox.

Sparks was a longtime minor league manager, holding his first job with Duluth-Superior of the Northern League in 1970. He led the Indianapolis Indians from 1986 to 1988 and was named Minor League Manager of the Year that last season. He was the American Association manager of the year 5 times in 13 seasons - 1973 with the Iowa Oaks, 1981 with the Omaha Royals and from 1986 to 1988 with Indianapolis.

Sparks' son Greg Sparks also works in the A's organization.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1970 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 48-21 1st Chicago White Sox none League Champs
1971 Appleton Foxes Midwest League 79-44 1st Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1972 Knoxville White Sox Southern League 76-64 4th Chicago White Sox
1973 Iowa Oaks American Association 83-53 1st Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1974 Iowa Oaks American Association 74-62 3rd Chicago White Sox
1975 Iowa Oaks American Association 56-79 7th Chicago White Sox
1976 Toledo Mud Hens International League 55-85 8th Cleveland Indians
1977 Iowa Oaks American Association 61-75 7th Chicago White Sox
1978 Iowa Oaks American Association 66-70 5th Chicago White Sox
1979 Iowa Oaks American Association 15-15 4th Chicago White Sox replaced Tony LaRussa (54-52)
1980 Omaha Royals American Association 66-70 4th Kansas City Royals
1981 Omaha Royals American Association 79-57 1st Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1982 Omaha Royals American Association 71-66 4th Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
1983 Omaha Royals American Association 64-72 6th (t) Kansas City Royals
1986 Indianapolis Indians American Association 80-62 1st Montreal Expos League Champs
1987 Indianapolis Indians American Association 74-64 3rd Montreal Expos League Champs
1988 Indianapolis Indians American Association 89-53 1st Montreal Expos League Champs
1991 Toledo Mud Hens International League 74-70 5th Detroit Tigers
1992 Toledo Mud Hens International League 64-80 6th Detroit Tigers
1993 Toledo Mud Hens International League 65-77 7th Detroit Tigers
1994 Toledo Mud Hens International League 7-17 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Larry Parrish on May 2

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