Nov 4, 2010

George "Sparky" Anderson (Video)

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

George "Sparky" Anderson died today from what his family described as "complications from dementia." It appears it happened quickly.

George will be remembered fondly by sports fans all over America.

As a kid, I saw Sparky play during his one season in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

Few will remember Sparky for his play on the field.

He will be remembered as one of the greatest managers in the history of major league baseball. The first major league baseball game was played in 1876.

Sparky is best known as manager of the Big Red Machine (Cinncinati) who he managed to two World Series wins. He also managed the Detroit Tigers to one World Series win. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the American and National Leagues. A feat that has only been accomplished twice.

George Anderson is survived by his wife Carol, sons Lee and Albert, daughter Shirley Englebrect, and nine grandchildren.

"Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for. He understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky Anderson. He gave his whole life to the game."
-- Pete Rose

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room