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Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson dies

November 4, 2010 12:12:48 AM PDT
Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson has died at the age of 76. A family spokesman said Anderson died from complications from dementia.Anderson was placed in hospice care on Wednesday.

The Thousand Oaks resident guided the Cincinnati Reds to World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. He also led the Detroit Tigers to the title in 1984.

Anderson was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues.

His total of 2,194 wins as a manager were the third highest when he retired after the 1995 season, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw.

The white-haired Anderson was a flop as a player, batting .218 during his only season in the majors. He learned to control a temper that nearly scuttled his fledgling career as a manager, and went on to become one of baseball's best at running a team.

And he did it with a humility that couldn't obscure his unique ability to manage people.

"I got good players, stayed out of their way, let them win a lot and then just hung around for 26 years," he said during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2000.

Anderson was also a sports commentator at ABC7.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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