November 4th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Hall-of-Fame manager Sparky Anderson dies

Sparky Anderson who managed three teams to World Series championships died today at the age of 76.

A family spokesman said Anderson died from complications from dementia at a hospice in Thousand Oaks, California.

Anderson managed the famed “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds teams to World Championships in 1975 and ’76 and the Detroit Tigers to a title in 1984.

He was the first manager to win World Series in both leagues and has the 8th most wins in major league history. He was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

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  1. Phillip Allen

    When I coached high school and college baseball in the 1970's, I used Sparky Anderson's advice on putting together a batting lineup. I still believe it is the best way to get the most effective lineup. Ah, the memories of such a fine manager and man!

    November 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Wow, that news makes me feel empty 🙁

    Godspeed Sparky, you were a class act and you will be missed by millions! Modern managers, break out the old videos. If you do it like he did it you can restore the game to its former greatness....

    November 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deej

      John, I know exactly what you mean, you said it well. Bless his heart, he will be sorely missed and I feel so sad.

      November 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    RIP Sparky! Thanks for the '84 World Series Championship!!!! God Bless!!

    November 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Redbull72

    Sparky Anderson was a baseball legend with a common mans personality. Never to big to shake a hand, sign an autograph, or just talk baseball. Beloved in Cincinnati, known throughout the world, a man who will be missed.

    God Speed Sparky

    November 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ken Stein (Hamilton High)

    Hey George:
    It's been almost 63 years ago when we first played ball against each other in the Rancho Park leagues and then again in High School. Followed your career even as an announcer. I guess you became what you always wanted to be and you made Baseball proud of you. Good-bye Sparky, rest in peace.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete Rose

    You bet he was a good guy!!

    November 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LakelandTiger

    Thanks for signing my baseball at spring training when I was a kid. Unlike most players/managers, I remember that you always stayed until every last kid had their autograph.

    You're a legend that will be missed.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IlliniJon

    Bye, Sparky! You are greatly missed by baseball fans everywhere.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. txspike

    Hero's are always remembered,But legends never die....RIP ole Sparky

    November 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ken Stein (Hamilton High)


    November 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alexa Graber

    Sparky, you always respected our kids questions at the Lakeland Holiday Inn back in the 70's and 80's when we canadians holidayed there. You invited our kids to games; gave them caps which, as adults, they have in their homes today. We always knew, our lives stopped, when Sparky was on the patio. He was a professional yes, but he was also human. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ozzi

    Wow. I'm an Orioles fan but playing the Tigers was always a treat. Especially when Earl Weaver was coaching. RIP Sparky.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scott addler

    RIP spark you will be miss and thanks for the memories........

    November 5, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Teri Comber

    RIP Sparky, still miss you in Cincy. You were the best manager ever! and always a gentleman when we met.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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