Yesterday I wrote an article about how childhood these days isn’t the same as it was 2o or 30 years ago. The point of the article was really to show how today’s children don’t have the same role models in athletes as they once did. Marred by reports of drug abuse and battery charges and in some cases even rape, the 24/7 media coverage of today sports world has left our children with a more detailed description of an athletes life. Today, one of the great managers in baseball has passed away. A true class act that belongs next to the names of the managers and coaches I named yesterday. Rest in peace Sparky Anderson.
Anderson had been placed in hospice care very recently while battling dementia. At 76 years of age, Anderson was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000 and managed in the big leagues for 40 years bridging the gap between yesterdays legends and the modern day baseball warrior. While baseball has found it’s way to a low in popularity over the years, Anderson was one of the remaining true great characters in the sports world. A legend himself who loved to talk baseball with anyone who was willing to listen.
He was a media manager a players manager and he loved the game and his players equally. A three time World Series winner, 2 with the Reds and one with Detroit, Sparky Anderson was beloved by all who knew him or met him. No man or woman deserves to suffer through the illness that took his life, today, may he find peace and somewhere you can bet that old Sparky is telling tales and talking shop. Good-bye Mr. Anderson!