Friday, November 5, 2010
George "Sparky" Anderson, baseball's first manager to lead teams from both the National and American leagues to World Series titles, died Thursday. He was 76.
Anderson died at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., of complications from dementia, family spokesman Dan Ewald said in a statement. Anderson's family announced Wednesday that he was under hospice care.
Anderson's Cincinnati Reds won championships in 1975 and '76 as one of the dominant teams of its era. Nearly a decade later, his Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2000.
- Keith Thursby
Los Angeles Times
Besides the many times he appeared on television in connection to his baseball career, Sparky also made three appearances as his own televersion in the League of Themselves:
'WKRP In Cincinnatti' (A natural fit)
'The White Shadow'
As such, he's qualified for membership in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame. And I figured, why wait? So along with the previously scheduled inductee, Sparky Anderson is now a member.
Good night, and may God bless.