January 11, 1987 |
An open letter to Sparky Anderson: Dear Sparky, Can we talk? You don't know me, and that's your loss. My name is Mel Shyster, agent to the stars. Or, as I'm known in the business, Money-Grabbing Mel. I was in the Westlake Plaza Hotel on Friday night and wandered into the Grand Ballroom. (Wandering is a euphemism for sneaking in. After all, I've got a reputation to uphold.) Anyway, I found myself in the audience for the first Sparky Anderson Roast. Pretty impressive.
October 3, 1995 |
Sparky Anderson will always follow the Detroit Tigers. But he won't manage them again. Anderson, the winningest manager in Tigers' history, resigned Monday after 17 years that included a World Series championship in 1984 and the AL East title in 1987. Anderson, his eyes welling, made the announcement at a news conference packed with media, coaches, players and friends. He would like to manage another club, but only a contender.
February 19, 1995 |
Officials of the baseball players' union saluted Detroit Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson on Saturday for his refusal to work with replacement players and, in the words of associate general counsel Eugene Orza, predicted the concept would be "an abject failure and detriment to the sport whether there are other Sparky Andersons or not."
February 23, 1995 |
Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda said Wednesday that he has no plans to retire after this season, and if it's up to him, he wouldn't mind continuing for another five years. "Twenty years ago," he said, "I said to my wife that my goal is to be with the Dodgers 51 years and be married to you 50 years. Well, I've been with the Dodgers for 46 years and been married 45 years. So I've got a few years left. "Believe me, if I'm with the Dodgers for 51 years, that would be quite an accomplishment."
June 8, 1986 |
Walt Alston left behind more than a good name and fine record when he died two years ago. He also left something of a vacuum. As the game's strong, silent archetype, a combination John Wayne and Gary Cooper rolled into one, the Dodgers' former manager was a commanding presence, baseball's foremost symbol of esteem and respect. Now that he's gone, another man, Roger Craig, has come along to take his place. In some ways, he has done it the same way Alston did.
January 17, 1990 |
Strolling the boulevard of life, Sparky Anderson has known crisis. Son of a house painter, he ran off to play professional baseball at 19, advancing to the major leagues for only a year, during which time he hit .218. As a minor league manager, he traveled the outback, calling on such ports as Rock Hill, St. Petersburg, Modesto and Ashville. Between seasons, he would return to his home in Los Angeles and take up employment in a furniture factory, fastening legs to tables.
December 1, 1985 |
It was the not-too-perfect end to a not-too-perfect year. About this time in 1984, Sparky Anderson was shaking more hands than a department store Santa Claus. Understandably so. He had brought the holiday cheer to Detroit early by leading the Tigers to 104 regular-season victories, a sweep in the first round of the playoffs and an easy, five-game triumph in the World Series. There were parades, banquets and awards all over the country.
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November 28, 1995 |
The lecture topic Monday at Cal Lutheran University was leadership in sports, and former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson has had some experience with the subject. Before his retirement last month, Anderson had compiled a career record of 2,194 wins and 1,834 losses, making him the third-winningest manager in major-league baseball. He led the Tigers to a World Series Championship in 1984 and an American League East title in 1987.
July 18, 1985
A funny thing happened to Sparky Anderson in his bid to become the first manager to win All-Star games in both leagues. He became the first manager to lose All-Star games in both leagues. Anderson was the National League manager in 1971, when the American League won, 6-4. It was the first AL win in nine games and stands as one of only two wins by the AL in the last 23 games.
August 2, 1987 |
Three years ago, Sparky Anderson was talking about retirement, about going back to his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., working in his garden and staying close to baseball only through television and occasional trips to Dodger Stadium. Why not? He'd spent 31 years in a uniform, and after the sting and embarrassment of being fired by the Cincinnati Reds eight years earlier, his 1984 Detroit Tigers were about "to take that monkey off my back" with a World Series championship.