Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home for complications resulting from dementia.
Anderson’s family said in a statement Wednesday that 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.
The 76-year-old Anderson was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2000, culminating a major league career that included one nondescript season as a player and an historic run as a manager.
He won 2,194 games as a manager, which was the third-highest total in major league history when he retired, trailing Connie Mack and John McGraw. He now stands sixth, also trailing Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. Anderson was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only manager to lead two franchises in career wins.
He led Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine to World Series wins in 1975-76. He won four National League pennants in Cincinnati from 1970-78, then was fired after consecutive second-place finishes.
Anderson went to the American League and won there, too, directing the Tigers to a World Series title in 1984 and a division title in 1987. He retired after the 1995 season and was added to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
ONE GIANT PARTY
Tens of thousands of baseball fans flocked downtown Wednesday to toast the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship and see their hometown heroes take a victory lap in a ticker-tape parade reminiscent of the one held when the team moved west from New York 52 years ago.
“This is Christmas, New Year’s and your first-born all rolled into one,” said Steve Williams, 51, an usher at AT&T Park as he gathered with Giants employees at the start of the parade in the financial district.
“I’m on cloud nine.”
Fans crowded the sidewalks and flooded Civic Center to salute a team of self-described misfits and castoffs. The die-hards showed up before dawn to stake out spots ahead of the festivity. Many skipped work and pulled their children out of school so they could catch what they said was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
“I want to see all the hometown heroes and share the smiles of all the fans who’ve been waiting their entire lives for this,” said Teddy Hutcherson, 31.
The Cubs say Ryne Sandberg will not return as manager of Triple-A Iowa next season. General manager Jim Hendry said the Hall of Fame second baseman would “always be welcome” in Chicago. Sandberg was among the leading candidates to replace the retired Lou Piniella. But Chicago chose interim manager Mike Quade instead. … The Reds declined to exercise their contract option on right-hander Aaron Harang, making him a free agent. The NL Central champions also declined shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s option, but decided to keep right-hander Bronson Arroyo and left fielder Jonny Gomes.Harang’s option called for a salary of $12.75 million. … The Texas Rangers did not exercise a $9 million option for Vladimir Guerrero, yet the American League champions could bring the slugger back next season. Guerrero gets a $1 million buyout under the agreement he signed before last season.