Just a day after learning that Sparky Anderson, the longtime manager of both the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds, was being placed in hospice care because of dementia, the Hall of Famer passed away according to a family statement released on Thursday.
Anderson won three World Series rings as a manager, two with the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976, then a third with the Detroit Tigers in 1984. In all, Anderson spent nine seasons at the helm of the Reds and another 16 and a half with Detroit before retiring from the game in 1995. At the time, he had the third most wins by any manager in baseball history.
With his passing, it is sometimes best to remember the man by his own words, paying tribute to him by way listing some of our favorite quotes. Rest in Peace Sparky!
“People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.”
“Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success.”
“Casey (Stengel) knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven’t even caught on to yet.”
“The great thing about baseball is when you’re done, you’ll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989, I’ll tell them I had amnesia.”
“They say the first World Series is the one you remember most. No, no no. I guarantee you don’t remember that one because the fantasy world you always dreamed about is suddenly real.”
“Me carrying a briefcase is like a hotdog wearing earrings.”
“He’s (Willie Stargell) such a big strong guy he should love that porch. He’s got power enough to hit home runs in any park, including Yellowstone.”
“I can’t believe they pay us to play baseball – something we did for free as kids.”
“This game has taken a lot of guys over the years who would have had to work in factories and gas stations and made them prominent people. I only had a high school education, and believe me, I had to cheat to get that. There isn’t a college in the world that would have me and yet in this business you can walk into a room with millionaires, doctors, professional people and get more attention than they get. I don’t know any other business where you can do that.”
“The trick is to realize that after giving your best, there’s nothing more to give.”
– Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame Manager, Dies at 76, nytimes.com
– Sparky Anderson Quotes, Baseball-Almanac.com
– Sparky Anderson Quotes, ThinkExist.com