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    Dec 2006
    New York

    Former Reds manager Sparky Anderson passes away

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) 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 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.

    His total of 2,194 wins as a manager were the third highest when he retired after the 1995 season, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw.

    Ewald knew Anderson for about 35 years as a former Tigers spokesman and baseball writer for the Detroit News.

    "Sparky Anderson will always be measured by his number of victories and his place in baseball's Hall of Fame. But all of that is overshadowed by the type of person he was. Sparky not only spiked life into baseball, he gave life in general something to smile about. Never in my lifetime have I met a man as gentle, kind and courageous as Sparky," he said.

    The white-haired Anderson was a flop as a player, batting .218 during his only season in the majors. He learned to control a temper that nearly scuttled his fledgling career as a manager, and went on to become one of baseball's best at running a team.

    And he did it with a humility that couldn't obscure his unique ability to manage people.

    "I got good players, stayed out of their way, let them win a lot and then just hung around for 26 years," he said during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2000.

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    Sparky played a major role in baseball being my favorite sport. He was not only a great Manager put even greater person.

    You'll be missed Sparky.

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    May 2006
    Under the Knickerbocker beer sign at the Polo Grounds
    I'm glad Sparky was alive and healthy to enjoy his HOF induction in 2000.

    It's hard to argue against him being on the list of top 10 managers of all time. Where he ranks, I'm not sure, but he's certainly the greatest manager in Reds history, and he's probably the only manager to have managed two (2) of the top ten teams of all time (1976 Reds and 1984 Tigers).
    "I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."

    NL President Ford Frick, 1947

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    I guarantee that no future Reds manager will be able to win 863 games.
    That's Sparky's record and it will be held for a long time.


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