One of our favorite people in sports, former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson, has been placed in hospice care at his Thousands Oaks home for complications resulting from dementia.
Anderson family’s said in a statement Wednesday they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer’s career and retirement. No further details were released.
Anderson guided the Tigers to a World Series title in 1984 and led them for 17 seasons. He won four National League pennants with the Reds, including back-to-back World Series titles with the “Big Red Machine” in 1975-’76.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a veterans committee selection in 2000.
Anderson, a Dorsey High graduate and former USC batboy who signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s and played for the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels, was the first manager to win more than 100 games in a season in the American and National leagues. He has 2,194 career wins. He also did some broadcasting work for Fox Sports on Angels’ broadcasts.
Anderson, a regular visitor to Detroit-area events supporting a charitable foundation he established in 1987, appeared at a reunion of the 1984 Tigers in 2009.
“Think about this now, there will be four or five of these guys together again, maybe, but never all together again,” he said at the time, according to the Detroit News. “I’m 75. I know I ain’t going to make it.”