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Ex-Tigers manager Anderson placed into hospice
AP ^ | November 3, 2010

Posted on 11/03/2010 7:25:24 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

DETROIT — Former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousands Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.

Anderson family’s said in a statement Wednesday they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer’s career and retirement.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: anderson; reds; tigers
Sad news. Best wishes to Sparky Anderson. Headline should have mentioned Reds.
1 posted on 11/03/2010 7:25:27 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thanks Sparky for the 1984 Tigers, the Greatest Team Ever!!!

2 posted on 11/03/2010 7:27:41 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A ‘real’ baseball guy...


3 posted on 11/03/2010 7:28:48 AM PDT by devane617 (Gloves Off. Brass-Knuckles On. MSM KO'd.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

4 posted on 11/03/2010 7:30:24 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: dfwgator

That ain’t no lie...that was a monster team that had an unbelievably dominant season....In my lifetime no other team has come close to the ‘84 Tigers.

Sad to hear about Sparky...


5 posted on 11/03/2010 7:30:49 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Amen. Sparky coached the Big Red Machine to dominance during the 70s.
6 posted on 11/03/2010 7:30:54 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: rottndog

We’ll never see another team start a season 35-5.


7 posted on 11/03/2010 7:31:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I grew up with Captain Hook in the dugout for the Reds.

Best Manager we ever had IMO.

8 posted on 11/03/2010 7:32:09 AM PDT by libs_kma (THEY TALK ABOUT HIM LIKE A DOG BECAUSE HE TREATS THIS COUNTRY LIKE A FIRE HYDRANT)
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To: shove_it

9 posted on 11/03/2010 7:32:48 AM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: ConservativeStatement
How sad for Sparky, Thanks for many great memories Sparky!

Mike

10 posted on 11/03/2010 7:32:48 AM PDT by MichaelP (It's a start!!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Very sad news.Prayers for all.

My Mom who is 84, took care of my Dad who had Alzheimer's,for many years.He was put in hospice care and died 6 days later.

Hospice has wonderful people that work with the family,and I am very thankful they were there.

11 posted on 11/03/2010 7:35:54 AM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: dfwgator

Disagree. 76 Reds managed by Sparky the greatest team ever (the modern era). They went through post season undefeated.


12 posted on 11/03/2010 7:36:40 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Luke21

True, but in 76, they only had to win two series.


13 posted on 11/03/2010 7:38:38 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: Luke21

was that not 1975?


14 posted on 11/03/2010 7:41:06 AM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Prayers for Mr. Anderson.


15 posted on 11/03/2010 7:42:00 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: dfwgator

eh, my bad 76 it was


16 posted on 11/03/2010 7:42:00 AM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Luke21

I never forgave Arthur Carlson for firing him from WKRP. ;)


17 posted on 11/03/2010 7:44:30 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: dfwgator

Oh, yeah, the Big Guy did that, didn’t he. Fired Sparky and kept Herb. Prayers up for Sparky and his loved ones.


18 posted on 11/03/2010 7:48:01 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sad news. May they make his final days as comfortable as possible. A great manager and good man, I hate to see his great mind stolen from him by age.


19 posted on 11/03/2010 7:48:27 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: commish

He still would have outmanaged Ron Washington in the World Series.


20 posted on 11/03/2010 7:50:15 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: libs_kma
George Scherger, the Reds’ bench coach, turns 90 this month. During the 1976 World Series, Anderson (who was mic'd) turned to him and said “we're gonna be champs again Sugar Bear” — after I think Bench's home run.
21 posted on 11/03/2010 7:52:55 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: dfwgator
I'm pretty sure that episode is on Hulu.
22 posted on 11/03/2010 7:58:18 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: dfwgator
....True, but in 76, they only had to win two series.

Same in 1984. The expanded playoffs weren't established till 1995.

23 posted on 11/03/2010 8:00:48 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Saddens me so much. What memories from my childhood and the Big Red Machine!

I pray God’s blessing and comfort on him and his family.


24 posted on 11/03/2010 8:00:59 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: dfwgator
Not many players could meet Sparky's quality standards today.

God's speed through these middle innings, Sparky

25 posted on 11/03/2010 8:06:16 AM PDT by llevrok (November 2 is not an election. It's a restraining order - PJ O'Rourke)
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To: tapatio; ConservativeStatement; TSgt
The 1970s Reds teams were an awesome collection of talent. They won the NL pennant in 1970, 1972, 1975, and 1976, and the World Series in 1975 and 1976. Many would argue that the 1975 Series against the Red Sox is the best of all time. It certainly is among the best! But looking at your posted photo - those guys are all in the Hall of Fame except for Rose, who is not in the HoF for off-the-field issues. And that photo leaves out Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Don Gullett, etc etc.
26 posted on 11/03/2010 8:06:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I will always remember Sparky Anderson for a really classy move he made in the final game of the 1972 World Series against Oakland. The only player on the Red’s roster who did not get to play in the series was Pat Corrales. The Reds were down to their final out, with Oakland enjoying a comfortable lead. Instead of the scheduled batter, Anderson sent up Pat Corrales as a pinch hitter so that Corrales would be able to say that he had the opportunity to appear in a World Series. May God bless Mr. Anderson.


27 posted on 11/03/2010 8:06:46 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Rummyfan
The arm problems of the some of the pitchers from the earlier Reds’ teams is often overlooked. Jim Merritt won 20 games in 1970, was injured in his last regular season appearance (as I recall) and never recovered. He won one game the following year and started something like 0-10...following a 20-win season. And then there's Gary Nolan and Don Gullett both of whom had injuries of their own but had incredible talents.
28 posted on 11/03/2010 8:10:44 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: GreenHornet
I apologize for correcting but it was the 1970 Series against Baltimore. And yes, I agree, it was a classy tribute.
29 posted on 11/03/2010 8:17:57 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Prayers.


30 posted on 11/03/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: GreenHornet

I was watching the Red Sox vs the Tigers on TV in what I believe was Kirk Gibson’s first major league game. Wouldn’t you know it, Gibson’s first at bat called for a sacrifice bunt. You could see and the announcers pointed out that Kirk was doing his best not to notice the sign. He wanted to swing away. Old Kirk quickly got two strikes and the bunt call was off. I don’t remember exactly what Kirk did, but he made an out. When Kirk came back to the dugout Sparky was waiting for him. They showed the scene on television and it became the biggest dressing down I have ever seen a manager perform. Great job by Sparky. It will be interesting to see how Gibson will handle a situation like this now that he is a major league manager.


31 posted on 11/03/2010 8:20:53 AM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: ConservativeStatement
I apologize for correcting but it was the 1970 Series against Baltimore. And yes, I agree, it was a classy tribute.

No need to apologize for my faulty memory! But it was a classy thing that Anderson did for Corrales.

32 posted on 11/03/2010 8:26:37 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: dfwgator

I am so sorry to hear this. I know we all will enter the twilight at some point, but I still hate it. God Bless you Sparky!


33 posted on 11/03/2010 8:27:40 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: ConservativeStatement

Heartbreaking. I love Sparky. Prayers for him and his family.


34 posted on 11/03/2010 8:33:20 AM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Sam Clements

What team is Gibson managing?


35 posted on 11/03/2010 8:33:23 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Sunshine Sister

Gibson is the new Arizona Diamondbacks manager. He had a great teacher in Sparky.


36 posted on 11/03/2010 8:40:31 AM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: TSgt

Great shot - Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Sparky, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose - the sparkplugs on the BIG RED MACHINE.


37 posted on 11/03/2010 9:12:42 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Sam Clements

Way way back in the day I had a crush on Gibson. I guess I had heard somewhere along the line that he was still in baseball but I didn’t know where. Thanks for the info!


38 posted on 11/03/2010 9:14:51 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sparky was one of the best, this is sad news to hear. I wish him smooth slide into home plate, he’s earned it.


39 posted on 11/03/2010 11:48:50 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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