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Author:  TheRealWags [ November 4th, 2010, 2:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76

Sad day indeed.
RIP Sparky

msnbc wrote:
Hall of Fame manager Anderson dies at 76

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, who directed Cincinnati's Big Red Machine to back-to-back World Series championships and went on to win another title in Detroit, died Thursday. He was 76.

Anderson, whose birth name was George 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.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/40010619/ ... -baseball/

Author:  TheRealWags [ November 4th, 2010, 2:14 pm ]
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Freep wrote:
Legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76
By JOHN LOWE
Free Press Sports Writer

With his native baseball wisdom, ungrammatical eloquence and perpetual charisma - plus that tanned, vibrant face topped by silver hair - Sparky Anderson became the most compelling and enduring figure ever to manage the Tigers.

When Anderson took over the Tigers in mid-1979, he became their sixth new manager in the last 17 seasons. After he stepped down in 1995, six men managed the team in the ensuing 11 years.

Given that turnover on either side of him, Anderson has emerged as the Tigers' FDR. Throughout his 17 seasons at the helm, Detroit's baseball entry traveled the continent often billed as “Sparky Anderson and the Detroit Tigers.” Even when the team sank to last place, he was their headliner, their legitimacy, their link to glory.

Anderson died Thursday at age 76 because of complications from dementia, according to a family spokesman.

He managed the Tigers for three more seasons and 200 more victories than anyone else has.

The Hall of Fame adorned him with a Reds hat for his Cooperstown plaque. But Anderson managed almost twice as long in Detroit as he did in Cincinnati, and he came to like Detroit so much that it often took considerable prompting for him to talk about the Cincinnati glory days.

In a life that began in the Depression in South Dakota, Detroit had become Anderson's best and final baseball home.

Anderson is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Lee and Albert; daughter Shirley Englebrecht; and nine grandchildren. At the request of Anderson, there will be no funeral nor memorial service.

The family also requests any donations be made to CATCH, Anderson's charity for children in Detroit, or the charity of one's choice.

Read more: Legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76 | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101104/S ... z14L457ilG

Author:  Pablo [ November 4th, 2010, 2:53 pm ]
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RIP Sparky. I'm not a fan of baseball, but 1984 was a magical year. 35-5 start was amazing and they carried it all the way through to a title. Good manager, better personality. We will miss you Sparky.

Author:  LionsFan4Life [ November 4th, 2010, 3:11 pm ]
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RIP Sparky!

Author:  Lionman3 [ November 4th, 2010, 5:12 pm ]
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The spark is gone and Baseball will never be the same. Must be some game up in heven this year Fidrych on the Mound Kell and Harwell at the mic and Sparky calling the shots from the dugout.

Author:  grgrundge [ November 4th, 2010, 5:32 pm ]
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Sad news indeed. Not a good year for Tiger fans, both Ernie and now Sparky gone in the same year. Sparky had some prolific teams over the years, the Big Red Machine of '75 and '76 and the "bless you boys" in the '84 Tigers. Thank you for the memories and you will truely be missed by all baseball fans. RIP Sparky, you can start walking with Ernie again :cry:

Author:  BillySims [ November 5th, 2010, 10:31 am ]
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I don't know what to say. This is such incredibly sad news. I cried a little when I heard the news. God bless you Sparky.

Author:  slybri19 [ November 5th, 2010, 9:06 pm ]
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RIP, Sparky. He was my favorite Detroit sports manager/head coach while I was growing up and he will be missed.

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