Skip to comments.Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson dead at 76
Posted on 11/04/2010 2:23:26 PM PDT by devane617
Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson has died. He was 76.
Family spokesman Dan Ewald says Anderson died from complications from dementia.
Anderson guided the Cincinnati Reds to World Series championships in 1975 and 1976 and then led the Detroit Tigers to the 1984 title.
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Yep, RIP. Listened to the 1984 World Series on my radio in the garage. Was only 9 1/2 at the time.
Sparky and his Detroit Tigers were the reason I started to like baseball.
RIP Sparky, and God bless.
RIP for one of the legends of the game.
I’m a Cincinnati Reds fan and I remember when Sparky was the manager of the Big Red Machine.
When Sparky was the skipper of the Reds he had the nickname of “Captain Hook” because he went to his bullpen early and often. Now everyone baseball manages their pitching staff that way. Sparky was ahead of his time.
Thanks for the two Cincy world championships, Sparky. RIP.
It was only 3 years ago when Sparky and I were exchanging barbs while standing in line at the Thousand Oaks post office. I told him it was his duty to come out of retirement ;-)
RIP ol pal!
The 84 Tigers were an unstoppable force. They were a wonder to watch.
Did he, at one time, lead the SF Giants or the Oakland As?
off to the Big Red Machine up above...
Another fine old gentleman goes to join the Great Scorer — who, i’m sure, will have many wonderful things to “write against his name.”
My favorite Sparky quote is what he said after the Orioles beat the Reds in the World Series. Brooks Robinson had put on a stellar performance at the Hot Corner, prompting Sparky to say over breakfast one morning, “I have a feeling that if I knocked this plate off the table, Brooks would come out of nowhere, scoop it up, and throw me out at first.”
He was only 76? Cripes, I thought he was 76 in 1976. Must have been the white hair.
RIP. He was a great coach!
God bless ya, Sparky. One of my first baseball cards as a kid.
Anderson and Bench! Wow, what a picture.
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