The Cincinnati Reds mourn the passing of the great Sparky Anderson, manager of the National League’s last repeat champions in 1975-76. “Every day here we are reminded of his contribution to the success of this proud franchise,” Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini said. There was only one Sparky Anderson, and when you think of the Big Red Machine, you have to think of him. Sparky managed the Reds from 1970-78, and then went on to also win with Detroit in 1984 and become the first manager ever to manage a World Series champion in both leagues. He spent 42 years in professional baseball, 26 as a manager, and is immortalized in Cooperstown with a Reds cap. He is beloved by Reds fans and the club invites all fans to share your condolences and memories in comments here.
At the request of Mr. Anderson, there will be no funeral nor memorial service. The family also requests any donations be made to CATCH, Sparky’s charity for children in Detroit, or the charity of one’s choice. Donations to CATCH may be made online at www.catchcharity.org.