In my thoughts: Sparky Anderson

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The sad news came today that Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care due to complications from dementia.  Anderson managed the Dodgers’ biggest rival when I came of age as a fan, the Cincinnati Reds, yet I don’t believe I ever had bad feelings toward him — and as time passed, I’d have to say he became one of my favorite managerial personalities. (His appearance on WKRP in Cincinnati, after being fired as “the manager of the Cincinnati Redlegs,” helped seal the deal.) My best wishes to his friends and family.

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