#1 Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson placed in hospice care11-03-2010, 10:16 AM
Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousands Oaks, Calif., home for complications resulting from dementia.
Anderson family's said in a statement Wednesday they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer's career and retirement.
No further details were released.
Anderson guided the Tigers to a World Series title in 1984 and led them for 17 seasons. He won four National League pennants with the Reds, including back-to-back World Series titles with the "Big Red Machine" in 1975-'76.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a veterans committee selection in 2000.
Anderson was the first manager to win more than 100 games in a season in the American and National leagues. He has 2,194 career wins.
Anderson, a regular visitor to Detroit-area events supporting a charitable foundation he established in 1987, appeared at a reunion of the 1984 Tigers in 2009.
"Think about this now, there will be four or five of these guys together again, maybe, but never all together again," he said at the time, according to the Detroit News. "I'm 75. I know I ain't going to make it."
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11-03-2010, 10:29 AM
Wow. I didn't realize he was still alive. Sad to hear though. Such a great baseball mind.Deplorably Proud To Be An American
11-03-2010, 10:43 AM
Very colorful and seemingly a very nice man.
I wish his family well and hope he is not suffering.I long for the days when our President actually liked our country.
11-04-2010, 11:21 PM
Sadly, Sparky passed away today. Very sad day for baseball. He was only 1 of 2 managers from other teams that I ever respected, the other being Tommy Lasorda.Deplorably Proud To Be An American
11-05-2010, 03:51 PM
WDIV in Detroit is doing a tribute tomorrow night. They probably have some tribute articles up on their website:
He was greatly loved in Detroit, not just for the 1984 championship. Sparky started an awesome charity for Children's Hospital that really helps families of sick children-CATCH. The program helps families purchase any special medical equipment needed for their kids, and even helped with fixing up houses and such.
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