icubud (icubud) wrote,

Hall of Fame skipper Anderson dies at 76

Great tribute page

Won titles with Big Red Machine in '70s, roaring Tigers in '84

The white-haired genius who helped make red the pre-eminent color in the National League in the 70's and directed the American League team that roared loudest in 80's has passed. Sparky Anderson, the chatty Hall of Famer given to outrageous success and outlandish predictions, joined the great majority Thursday, three days he had been was admitted to a hospice in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where he had spent most of his adult life. Death came at age 76 for a man who had spent 42 years in professional baseball, 30 as a manager, including four in the Minors.

Readily identified throughout the game simply by his nickname, George Lee Anderson a genuine baseball character whose passion for the game was as conspicuous as his Q-tip image. He enjoyed all parts of his life. As Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench once said, "If you see him and there's no smile on his face, he's probably asleep."

full story and good video here

:o( I'll miss you.

I saw him the last couple trips he made to Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.
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