Sparky Anderson Dies at 76

Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, who guided Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” to back-to-back World Series championships and went on to win another title with the Detroit Tigers, died this morning at the age of 76.

One of the greatest managers of all-time. I always enjoyed watching him in Detroit…I wasn’t born when he led the Reds to their World Series championships).

RIP Sparky!

From the Associated Press:

Anderson died from complications from dementia, family spokesman Dan Ewald said. A day earlier, Anderson’s family said he had been placed in hospice care.

Anderson was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only manager to lead two franchises in career wins.

His total of 2,194 wins as a manager were the third highest when he retired after the 1995 season, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw.

Ewald knew Anderson for about 35 years as a former Tigers spokesman and baseball writer for the Detroit News.

“Sparky Anderson will always be measured by his number of victories and his place in baseball’s Hall of Fame. But all of that is overshadowed by the type of person he was. Sparky not only spiked life into baseball, he gave life in general something to smile about. Never in my lifetime have I met a man as gentle, kind and courageous as Sparky,” he said.

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5 Comments on “Sparky Anderson Dies at 76”

  1. zelda Says:

    R I P Sparky………job well done!


  2. Sparky Anderson Dies at 76 « Kreuzer's Korner…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  3. zelda Says:

    aNY COMMENT jOHN?

  4. kreuzer33 Says:

    Not much more than was in the post. One of the best managers ever in the game. Always fun to watch and a great leader.

  5. zelda Says:

    Yes….he was a grand man.


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