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Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Dead at 76(1934 – 2010)

Just a day after his family announced the sad news that he would be admitted into hospice care because he was suffering from dementia, Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson has died today at the age of 76.(NY Daily News)

He managed the National League’s Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.(WIKI)

He was born George Lee Anderson on February 22, 1934 in Bridgewater, South Dakota. Anderson was the first manager in major league history to win the World Series in both leagues.(ESPN)

Many current and former players from around the league are weighing in on the impact that the legendary Sparky Anderson has had on them personally and professionally, and what he meant to the game of baseball.

“He was a good guy,” former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris said, choking up over the news. “Baseball will have very few people like Sparky. He was a unique individual. He was a character with a great passion and love for the game.”(Source)

Sparky also managed the biggest name in baseball, and the best baseball player I have ever seen,the incomparable Pete Rose.

“Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for,” stated Pete Rose when he found out about the passing of his old coach.(Source)

Pete Rose

Pete Rose

 

Sparky Anderson died in Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles,and he grew up in Los Angeles as well, and played baseball at Dorsey High School.

He is considered to be one of the top 10 managers in professional baseball, ever, based on his award-winning accomplishments throughout his long and vast career.(Fanhouse)

The family said that per Anderson’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

 

Sparky Anderson..humble to the end!

Sparky Anderson..humble to the end!

 

…a humble man, to the end!Here’s to you Sparky!!!…Rest in peace…

For more on the life of Sparky Anderson…

Cincinatti.com

MLB.com

Detroit Tigers.com

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