Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sparky Anderson: R.I.P.



The following is from Action News, WXYZ.Com in Detroit, Michigan.

George "Sparky" Anderson passed away at his home in California. He was 76-years old. Anderson died as a result of complications from dementia.

He was placed in hospice care Wednesday due to complications from dementia.

Anderson, who led the Tigers to the 1984 World Series Championship, was the first person in Major League Baseball history to lead teams to world titles in both the National League and the American League. Tony LaRussa became the second manager to accomplish the feat in 2006.

In 1987 the Hall of Famer founded "CATCH", which raises money for sick and at-risk patients of Children's Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital.

As the request of Mr. Anderson there will be no funeral or memorial service. The family also requests any donations be made to "CATCH".

Donations can be made online at CATCH CHARITY or mailed to:

CATCH
223 Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202


This Detroit news outlet can be excused if they somehow forgot to mention that Sparky won two other World Championships: as Manager of the Cincinnati Reds, in 1975 and 1976. He was inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He was not just a great man; he was a good man.