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    Sparky Anderson passes away at 76

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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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.
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    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.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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!
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    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.
    Indeed.

    It's very sad to watch a loved one's mind slip away. My thoughts go out to Sparky and his family.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    Sad news indeed.

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    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.

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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    Quote Originally Posted by NJReds View Post
    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.
    If I had been blessed to play major league baseball there is no manager in history I would have rather had as my team's manager than Sparky.
    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.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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.

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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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.

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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    Quote Originally Posted by 15fan View Post
    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.
    On the Tigers side of the ledger here, they've had a tough couple of years now. The Bird, Harwell, and others in the past 24 months. I know Sparky is big in their family as well.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    Quote Originally Posted by muddie View Post
    On the Tigers side of the ledger here, they've had a tough couple of years now. The Bird, Harwell, and other in the past 24 months. I know Sparky is big in their family as well.
    He managed the Tigers almost twice as long as he managed the Reds.
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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    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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    Re: Sparky Anderson in hospice

    I saw this earlier, and really hated to read it. Shame to see that one of baseball's great mind is no longer as such.


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