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gilpdawg
11-03-2010, 08:33 AM
From Tom Gage (Tigers beat writer) on twitter.


Sparky Anderson seriously ill - is in hospice care at home in CA for what family says are "complications resulting from dementia"

He'll be in my thoughts.

Captain13
11-03-2010, 08:46 AM
My prayers for the whole Anderson family.

bounty37h
11-03-2010, 09:30 AM
One of the true greats, a legend. This one will hurt. Me being die hard Reds fan, and my dad lifelong Tigers fan. Met him in the airport the day after the final game of the 84 World Series-I was with my dad, he was taking his mom to the airport. He signed a few things for me, and was so very nice and friendly. I was in 4'th grade, so sure you can imagine how cool that was for me.

CySeymour
11-03-2010, 10:39 AM
God speed, Sparky. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Reverend Doo-Rag
11-03-2010, 11:08 AM
God Bless Sparky! Up untill a few years ago, I had always though how cool it would be for Sparky to suprise return as Reds manager as he has always been (an old looking) young man in my mind. True Legend.

dreghorn2
11-03-2010, 12:30 PM
I have to come out of lurk mode for this.

Truely a special gentlemen, a baseball legend, and a personal favorite of mine.

Having just completed a hospice event here in my home, it actually makes me a little happy to know that a similar decision was made in allowing him to leave this world in familiar surroundings surrounded by family and friends.

God Bless Sparky Anderson.

redsfandoug
11-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Sparky and his family are in my prayers.

Caveman Techie
11-03-2010, 12:44 PM
Well wishes to Sparky and his family.

Fon Duc Tow
11-03-2010, 12:58 PM
All the best, Sparky.

New York Red
11-03-2010, 02:21 PM
My prayers for the whole Anderson family.
Ditto. When I was a kid, I thought Sparky Anderson was the only big league manager in the world. Godspeed, Sparkplug.

PeteRoseBelongs
11-03-2010, 03:44 PM
A sad day for the Anderson family. We love you Sparky. There will never be another like you. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

gentlemen I suggest a toast to Sparky. :beerme:

Vottomatic
11-03-2010, 05:30 PM
One of my favorite Cincinnati sports icons of all-time.

Classic line in my family. One Christmas we were all talking sports, and my now deceased grandma, who has no knowledge about sports but was trying to fit in, makes the following comment: "The Bengals were never the same after they fired Sparky!" We all laughed hysterically and we remember that family moment every year at Christmas.

Cigar2
11-03-2010, 07:06 PM
Ditto, I saw news on a crawl watching JRIB. Sad News Sad. :(
Love goes out to the Anderson family.

gedred69
11-03-2010, 09:40 PM
Sparky invented the method by which a team of super-star/HOF players, can be made to play as a team.

BAKER12
11-04-2010, 12:20 AM
Dusty talked with him in Spring Training and mentioned Sparky was struggling with his health. I remember at the time he was talking about losing his own dad and how Sparky was not doing well. Man, Sparky was a great interview. When I used to work in radio I interviewed him several times and ask one question and got 10 minutes of awesome tape.

SullyGator
11-04-2010, 12:56 AM
Unfortunately, I was born well after his tenure with the Reds. Nonetheless, I've heard, read, and seen enough to understand that he was second to none. Thoughts and prayers going out to him and his family.

Caveman Techie
11-04-2010, 02:03 PM
Sad day in Reds land. Goodbye Sparky, you will be missed.

New York Red
11-04-2010, 02:05 PM
:(

Girevik
11-04-2010, 02:20 PM
RIP Sparky. But he'll never really be gone as long as reruns of "WKRP in Cincinnati" are around.

Trace's Daddy
11-04-2010, 03:07 PM
gentlemen I suggest a toast to Sparky. :beerme:


:beerme:

KOBasinger
11-04-2010, 03:12 PM
RIP to a man who was not just an intelligent baseball person but also off the diamond.

Prayers are with the family.

mlh1981
11-04-2010, 03:13 PM
R.I.P

DirtyBaker
11-04-2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the memories

WestSideBomber
11-04-2010, 03:29 PM
RIP Sparky Anderson

topsyt
11-04-2010, 03:56 PM
God Speed Sparky, you are remembered as "Simply the Best"

1990REDS
11-04-2010, 04:08 PM
RIP Sparky

CySeymour
11-04-2010, 04:14 PM
I'm sure he and Nuxie are enjoying a cold one together right now.

texasdave
11-04-2010, 04:21 PM
As good as he was as a manager, he was an even better human being. R.I.P.

texasdave
11-04-2010, 04:22 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1011/sparky.anderson.rare.photos/content.1.html?eref=sihp

Pictures of Sparky Anderson courtesty of CNNSI.

BigPoppa
11-04-2010, 04:44 PM
God bless Sparky and the Anderson family.

As a kid, I met him at a hotel in Lakeland, Fl. He signed an autograph for me and took a picture with me. A class act.

Reds
11-04-2010, 05:40 PM
:(

brm7675
11-04-2010, 05:41 PM
863-596 regular season W/L

5 1st place finishes
3 2nd place finishes
1 4th Place Finish

4 World Series Apparances
2 World Series titles

A HOF member
A Reds HOF Member

Not a bad resume at all for Sparky as a Red and someone who understood talent and the game and how to not only manage talent but ego’s. It’s easy to say ‘oh anyone could have managed the BRM to all those wins” but I would disagree, you have to be able to manage ego’s and talent to get the most out of it. Thank you Sparky…

RedsFanInMobile
11-04-2010, 06:01 PM
RIP Sparky.

goreds2
11-04-2010, 07:04 PM
I remember as a kid in the 70's listening to (with my father) the MAIN SPARK pregame show with Marty B. He was just a great interview every game.

Sail on George Anderson, I will miss you and will always have those memories as a kid.

I am toasting a drink to you tonight.

FlyingPig
11-04-2010, 07:49 PM
Rest in peace, Sparky. Thank you for the incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

goreds2
11-04-2010, 08:30 PM
One of my favorite Cincinnati sports icons of all-time.

Classic line in my family. One Christmas we were all talking sports, and my now deceased grandma, who has no knowledge about sports but was trying to fit in, makes the following comment: "The Bengals were never the same after they fired Sparky!" We all laughed hysterically and we remember that family moment every year at Christmas. Great story and if Bowie Kuhn had not blocked the Vida Blue trade before the 78 season, who knows how much longer Sparky would have managed the Reds if we would have made the playoffs and won the series.

http://www.shrpsports.com/mlb/stand/1978finaldiv.htm

Red Forman
11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
RIP Sparky!!!!


A great Reds manager.....

an even better gentleman/human being....


GOD BLESS!!!!



Sparky's obit....

per NY Times......







http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/sports/baseball/05anderson.html?_r=2&hp






http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VXvu2c_D7YI/SnvzE1pV3bI/AAAAAAAABwY/E4_TMyBtZyA/s400/the-big-red-machine--sparky-anderson.jpg



http://media.nj.com/realtimesports_impact/photo/9020561-large.jpg



http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2007/0825/mlb_a_concepcion_275.jpg





http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01P681o4iVgQr/610x.jpg

redsrolen
11-04-2010, 09:29 PM
Rest in Peace my man!

I am crying as I write this. You were and will always be my all time favorite!! When my dad comes and asks you for an autograph, you better give him one , or he won't leave you alone!

Kingspoint
11-05-2010, 03:39 AM
The best moments of my life as a Sports fan.

Thanks, Sparky for bringing true class to the game.

MJMinardi
11-05-2010, 01:36 PM
My prayers are for Sparky and his family. Sparky is now managing the Angels.

skywalker
11-07-2010, 11:56 AM
RIP Sparky , I will always remember the days

bounty37h
11-08-2010, 11:50 AM
Rest in Peace my man!

I am crying as I write this. You were and will always be my all time favorite!! When my dad comes and asks you for an autograph, you better give him one , or he won't leave you alone!

I gotta confess, tears came to my eyes as well when the news came through the other day. My wife came up and hugged me, as she knew it hurt, like a part of my childhood passed as well.

Pete4prez
11-15-2010, 11:09 PM
RIP Sparky.

bagz
11-23-2010, 02:39 AM
Rest In Peace Sparky. Thanks for the memories.