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Sparky Anderson's family says he has entered hospice because of dementia complications

By Cindy Boren

Sparky Anderson, the Hall of Fame manager known for his success on a baseball diamond and his knack for telling stories that were gems, has entered hospice care because of complications from dementia.

sparky.jpgAnderson, 76, lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He won the World Series as manager of the Cincinnati Reds' legendary Big Red Machine of the 1975 and 1976 and the Detroit Tigers in 1984, making him one of a only a few men to win the Series in both leagues.

"It's the type of ailment that takes a toll over time," family spokesperson Dan Ewald said.

In a statement, Anderson's family (his wife, Carol; sons Lee and Albert; and daughter Shirley Englebrecht) said it "wishes to express appreciation to all friends and fans for the support and kindness they have shown throughout Sparky's career and retirement."

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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"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."

God Bless you Sparky!

Posted by: sdrappa | November 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

A class act, Sparky happily signed my autograph at spring training when he was with the Tigers in the 1980s, in spite of the fact I was the only adult in a group of kids and was horning in on their fun. Bless You Boys!

Posted by: isthisajoke | November 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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