Sad news about Sparky.
Sad news about Sparky.
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Very sad, indeed. Sparky is one of the great personalities that help make baseball a great sport and America's pastime. The best thing about the book "The Machine" was some of the background on Sparky that I hadn't read or heard about before.
"The players make the manager, it's never the other way." - Sparky Anderson
Sparky led an extraordinary life, and he stands among the legends of baseball.
I'm glad he'll get to spend the rest of his days in comfort, surrounded by loved ones.
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
Wow, this is sad. He has always reminded me of my favorite Uncle. Looked old, even when he was young and always seemed to say the right thing to encourage his team and fans.
God Bless, Sparky Anderson!
"Sometimes, it's not the sexiest moves that put you over the top," Krivsky said. "It's a series of transactions that help you get there."
Sad news indeed.
Sparky looked better than I expected when I watched the HOF inductions this year. I am surprised to hear this and echo the sentiments of all you guys. Sparky was a special person in baseball, one of my all time favorite personalities.
Dementia is what took away one of my favorite actresses, Estelle Getty, a few years ago. It's so sad that it will probably now take away one of my favorite people in baseball. God bless you Sparky.
"I tried to play golf, but I found out I wasn't very good." -Joey Votto on his offseason hobby search
An MLB.com reporter asked what one thing Votto couldn’t do. “I can’t skate or play hockey,” Votto said. “Well, I can skate ... but I can’t stop.”
I love the Big Red Machine, but as people not all of its members came across in "The Machine" as particularly likeable, especially Rose, Bench and Morgan. In contrast, Sparky (and Tony Perez) came across as simply a decent human being that you would love to have as a friend. I'm glad he was at least able to experience being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired. God's blessings indeed to Sparky.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
I saw Sparky live giving a speech at a local club for a sportsman dinner in town here a number of years ago. I was very disappointed that it was a "motivational speech" and he neglected to tell tales about the Reds or anything baseball related at all.
I didn't know he had been sick. Very sad for all Reds fans, especially those of us who grew up during the BRM era.
If I've done the math correctly and Sparky doesn't make it to his next birthday in late February, he will pass away at age...76.
Edit: This Reds fan can think of no other age/number more appropriate for Sparky than 76.
Last edited by 15fan; 11-03-2010 at 03:36 PM.
I was there when they retired Sparky's number :-/ but I wasn't old enough to see him manage the Reds
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