Sparky Anderson, one of Baseball’s best passed away today. Anderson was placed in hospice care yesterday, in Thousand Oaks, California. He had been battling dementia for sometime.
Anderson lead the Big Red Machine to two World Series trips, taking the Cincinnati Reds to battle the New York Yankees in 1975 and 1976. Anderson went on to the American League and lead the Detroit Tigers from 1979-1995, adding a 1984 World Series championship and a division title in 1987 to his string of victories.
Sparky, who retired from Baseball with 2,194 wins as a manager, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Lee and Albert; a daughter Shirley; and nine grandchildren.