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Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Has Died at Age 76
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Posted on 11/04/2010 11:08:35 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Has Died at Age 76

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: anderson; captainhook; reds; sparky; tigers
Sad news, rest in peace.
1 posted on 11/04/2010 11:08:37 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP Sparky. The 1984 Wire to Wire Tigers are a very fond memory of my youthful days.


2 posted on 11/04/2010 11:10:18 AM PDT by PDMiller
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To: ConservativeStatement

R.I.P.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 11:10:25 AM PDT by ColdOne ( Nov 2,a wipeout!!! NO COMPROMISE!!!!!! Why does 0 not like Slurpee's?? anyone know?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thank you for making part of my childhood a happy one. 1975-76 Reds were the best team(s) in many years.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 11:12:05 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

A sad day, a great baseball man and nice guy.


5 posted on 11/04/2010 11:14:43 AM PDT by Jolla
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To: ConservativeStatement

End of an era. RIP Sparky


6 posted on 11/04/2010 11:17:03 AM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


7 posted on 11/04/2010 11:18:02 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (sarc tags are for whimps.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 11:18:17 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (sarc tags are for whimps.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ernie Harwell and Sparky, both gone exactly six months apart. What a low blow for Michigan. :(


9 posted on 11/04/2010 11:19:01 AM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP Mr. Anderson, I hope your slide into home is smooth and ahead of the throw.


10 posted on 11/04/2010 11:19:10 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP, Sparky


11 posted on 11/04/2010 11:21:08 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: PDMiller

The Big Red Machine is a very fond memory of my youthful days ...


12 posted on 11/04/2010 11:21:34 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The other day there was a thread here about Sparky’s family placing him in hospice care due to deterioration from dementia. At 76??


13 posted on 11/04/2010 11:24:11 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: ConservativeStatement
Sad to see him go. I was shocked that he was only 76. He looked old when he was the Reds' manager in the 1970s, but he was only 36 when he started.
14 posted on 11/04/2010 11:24:22 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Dems' response to 11/2: Do not go gentle into that new day,Rage,rage against the coming of the dawn!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My cousin had the opportunity to play for Sparky Anderson with the Tigers (in one of his “cups of coffee” in the big leagues). He told me a story about playing for Sparky during spring training one year.

He was an outfielder, and a batter hit a long drive that my cousin ran straight back to center field to try and track down the ball, but he shyed away from the centerfield wall... the ball hit the wall and ended up as a triple. Sparky told my cousin, “Son, if you run into that wall and hurt yourself, we can fix you up as good as new... but once that ball hits the wall, that out is gone forever.”

RIP Skipper Sparky!


15 posted on 11/04/2010 11:24:25 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Task 1: Accomplished, Task 2: Hold them Accountable!)
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To: Lancey Howard

This is from Cincinnati (this morning): “John Bench told me last night that Sparky Anderson has stopped eating and the family has declined to have him fed through a tube. Among the most beloved figures in our local sports history is about to leave us.”

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/daugherty/2010/11/04/the-morning-line-114-2/


16 posted on 11/04/2010 11:28:44 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ArrogantBustard

Johnny Bench was my boyhood idol, making the Reds my second favorite team. I remember the elation when learning Sparky was coming to Detroit in ‘79.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 11:30:47 AM PDT by PDMiller
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To: ConservativeStatement
Link to the actual story:
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/11/04/hall-fame-manager-sparky-anderson-dead/
18 posted on 11/04/2010 11:32:43 AM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: PDMiller

19 posted on 11/04/2010 11:33:08 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I wanted to post on this thread also. RIP Sparky... thanks for the memories.


20 posted on 11/04/2010 11:42:29 AM PDT by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

Interesting. A favorite quote of mind from Anderson is ““I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.”


21 posted on 11/04/2010 11:43:38 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: PDMiller

A quote of his: “I don’t want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench.”


22 posted on 11/04/2010 11:44:45 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement; grellis
"Bless you boys!"

1984, great year....thank you Sparky.

Rest In Peace.

23 posted on 11/04/2010 11:48:13 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo
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To: ConservativeStatement
"Thank you for making part of my childhood a happy one. 1975-76 Reds were the best team(s) in many years."

My sentiments exactly. I was just a little tyke when my Grandparents took me to the opening day parade in Cincy in the early 70's and I got Sparkys autograph on my ball glove.

My Grandparents had traveled south for the Reds spring training for years and they had talked to Sparky alot that spring, so he stopped to say hi to them after the parade and they introduced me.

As young as I was I vaguely remember knowing that Sparky was a big deal, but I was still too young to fully appreciate how great of a manager he was for the Reds.

RIP Sparky. Thanks for the memories.

24 posted on 11/04/2010 11:52:26 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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25 posted on 11/04/2010 11:56:55 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

A great man and an outstanding manager. He will be sadly missed. RIP Sparky.


26 posted on 11/04/2010 12:03:00 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


27 posted on 11/04/2010 12:03:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Kieri
Ernie Harwell and Sparky, both gone exactly six months apart. What a low blow for Michigan. :(

We also lost Ralph Houk this year, too.

28 posted on 11/04/2010 12:03:44 PM PDT by Tazlo
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If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.

D*mn screen is all blurry

29 posted on 11/04/2010 12:27:12 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A grand slam ball that never has to land......RIP.


30 posted on 11/04/2010 12:43:16 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (A check is worthless until you actually cash it......VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

RIP Sparky you were a class act thanks for the memories!! We’ll miss you :(


31 posted on 11/04/2010 12:47:20 PM PDT by Cheryllynn
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To: KarlInOhio
There aren't many players in the Hall of Fame, or sports in general, that will be forever treasured by two different states for their contributions to those states......

In Sparky's case, Ohio and Michigan

32 posted on 11/04/2010 1:00:16 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: BluesDuke

Thank you again, BluesDuke, for your post yesterday. It was a fitting tribute for Sparky.


33 posted on 11/04/2010 1:32:55 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Requiescat in pace.


34 posted on 11/04/2010 1:34:53 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: MaggieCarta

Thank you again for your kind words, Maggie. I’ve rewritten the piece accordingly; its on my blog and in the queue for publication at Sports-Central.org . . .


35 posted on 11/04/2010 1:53:23 PM PDT by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: BluesDuke

You are very welcome. It was a good article.


36 posted on 11/04/2010 2:03:27 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (What are we here for but to provide sport for our neighbors, and to laugh at them in our turn?Austen)
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To: grellis

Thanks very much for the ping, grellis.

Condolences to Sparky’s family and friends. This great man brought so many positives to the game of baseball.

love


37 posted on 11/04/2010 6:48:39 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: ConservativeStatement

Game Called

Game Called by darkness — let the curtain fall.
No more remembered thunder sweeps the field.
No more the ancient echoes hear the call
To one who wore so well both sword and shield:
The Big Guy’s left us with the night to face
And there is no one who can take his place.

Game Called — and silence settles on the plain.
Where is the crash of ash against the sphere?
Where is the mighty music, the refrain
That once brought joy to every waiting ear?
The Big Guy’s left us lonely in the dark
Forever waiting for the flaming spark.

Game Called — what more is there for us to say?
How dull and drab the field looks to the eye
For one who ruled it in a golden day
Has waved his cap to bid us all good-bye.
The Big Guy’s gone — by land or sea or foam
May the Great Umpire call him “safe at home.”

-Grantland Rice


38 posted on 11/04/2010 6:55:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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