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Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:09 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 9:20 am
Sparky Anderson Former Tigers great Sparky Anderson has been place into hospice care as the 26-year managing vet is suffering from complications related to dementia, as the Detroit News reports.

Anderson led the Reds to the 1975-76 World Series with nine years in Cincinnati before serving from 1979-95 in Detroit and capturing the 1984 World Series title. The Hall of Famer has 2,194 wins overall, ranking him sixth on the all-time list.

Now 76, Anderson made a visit to Comerica Park in September 2009 to honor the '84 World Series champions and foretold of failing health.

"Think about this now, there will be four or five of these guys together again, maybe, but never all together again," Anderson said of the reunion "I'm 75. I know I ain't going to make it."

Anderson may not make it to the next reunion, but he will be remembered for years in baseball history as one of the best managers of his time.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:01 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:33 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

No apologies needed.  I made the Royals comment not so much as a "teach the younger generation" comment but more as a "I can't believe they were once good" comment.  There are probably people who don't remember the George Brett, Frank White, Brett Saberhagen, Hal McRae, Dan Quisenberry, Amos Otis, etc. Royals, who would not believe the ywere ever good.  You are correct that the Royals beat St. Louis in '85 in 7 games, that was the Don Denkinger blown call World Series if I remember correctly (or do a quick Google search). 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:06 pm

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

About 10 years ago, I volunteered for the Senior Open golf tournament.  I was at the airport guiding master golfers to their drivers when I saw Sparky.  I walked up and started to say, " you have always been a hero of mine...."  I didn't even get three words out when he grabbed my hand called me beautiful and asked me to go to Paris with him.  Speachless, for about 3 seconds, I responded, only if we can leave right now.  Alas he couldn't but that will forever be in my memory.  Love you Sparky!  I wish I would have said yes :-)

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:05 pm

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

The Great Sparky Anderson. As a Reds fan from 1966 to current, Sparky will always be a legend for helping to produce and keeping together the BIG RED MACHINE. He was good in Mo-Town, but great in Cincy!! One of the Greatest Reds ever.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:15 pm

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

It's sad to hear about Sparky Andarson.  I grew up knowing him because my father was a team mate of his when they both played on the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International Leagues. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:06 pm

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

Well Marin at least you owned up to the fact that you misread everything the "elder one," wrote. Kids today, I tell ya...they just dont know how to read, write or respect their elders. I recall 1984 well. I'm a Bay Area guy and a SF Giants fan! But I recall in the spring of 1984. My 6th grade teacher having us draft teams and playing Fantasy Baseball for my first time. Lance Parrish was a catching/offensive machine. I recall Jack Morris throwing the no hitter against the White Sox that spring. It is too bad about Sparky. One of the all time greats.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:58 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

Nevermind, I think you just confused me with the Royals sentence.. You're right.. My bad, oh elder one, forgive me. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:56 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

The Royals beat The Cardinals in '85 , not San Diego.  And, it was in seven games, not five.  Funny how you say, yes younger fans... as if you're teaching the younger fans something..  Be careful with giving out false information there, oh elder one.  

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:28 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

Ebonyrod2, he managed the Tigers, not the Twins.  But your thoughts are appreciated.

I grew up in suburban Detroit in the '80s and the 1984 Tigers were one of the best one-season teams ever.  For those who don't remember they started 35-5, which is the best 40-game start in MLB history, and never looked back.  They swept Kansas City in the ALCS (yes, younger fans, the Royals were good once upon a time and won the WS in '85) and beat San Diego in the WS in 5 games.  Sparky could do no wrong that year.  People talk about how this year's champs, the Giants, are a bunch of misfits and castoffs.  Well, the '84 Tigers were not castoffs, but not a single player on that team is in the Hall of Fame, although a couple, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, probably should be.  However, their manager, one George Lee "Sparky" Anderson, is in the Hall of Fame.  They had a different hero each night and just played lights out all year.  Who else remembers Dave Bergman's epic at bat against Toronto in the 11th inning where he fouled off 7 pitches w/a full count and then hit a 3-run walkoff?  Sparky said in Bless You Boys, his book about that season, that is was he best AB he'd ever seen.  It was guys like that who made that season, but Sparky always seemed to have them in the right place at the right time, culminating with Kirk Gibson's HR in Game 5 of the WS off Goose Gossage that basically clinched the title.

Its been a tough year off the field for the Tigers faithful, first Ernie Harwell, and now Sparky.   Makes me feel really old.  The memories of that summer will always bring a smile to my face and make me think of the 11-year-old boy who lay by the radio every night and listened to his favorite team as he drifted off to sleep.  Thank you Sparky, and Bless You.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:56 am

Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care

I can remember Sparky Anderson as the manager of the Reds and was called the Big Red Machine, winning more often than not. They would come to Dodger stadium and many times would beat my beloved dodgers.

Tommy Lasorda would eventually dub the Dodgers the Big Blue Wrecking Crew to offset the name of the Big Red Machine.

Those were the days of good baseball and good teams. Two eventual Hall of Fame Managers bumping heads with baseball strategy.

I always wanted the Dodgers to win, but whomever won you always say a great game with great players and fun was had by all.

Being manager of the twins we in the National League did not get to see him as in those days the leagues only played each other in the World Series or as some call it the Fall Classic.  We should go back to those days.
I just want to say I remember the good ole days of the man that was. Good luck to him and his family.



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