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Sparky Anderson dies at 76; Hall of Fame manager of Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers
Sparky Anderson dies at 76; Hall of Fame manager of Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers

George "Sparky" Anderson, baseball's first manager to lead teams from both the National and American leagues to World Series titles, died Thursday. He was 76. Anderson died at his home in Thousand Oaks of complications from dementia, family spokesman Dan Ewald said in a statement. Anderson's family announced Wednesday that he was under hospice care. Anderson's Cincinnati Reds won championships in 1975 and '76 as one of the dominant teams of the era. Nearly a decade later, his Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2000. "There's a difference between a good manager and a great one,"...

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