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July 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Former manager Sparky Anderson, who guided the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers to World Series titles, entered a Detroit hospital Tuesday for a battery of heart tests and may require heart surgery, according to his spokesman. Anderson, 65, is not in any immediate danger, said spokesman, Dan Ewald, who added that doctors may determine Anderson's ailments can be treated medicinally or may opt for heart bypass surgery.
August 23, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
The New York Yankees, who used to mix turmoil with winning, have changed their tune, says Dave Kindred in the Sporting News. "Alas, alack and sad to say, the Yankees have become the Boy Scouts of baseball," he writes. "Not only are they making history, they're making nice. No clubhouse brawls, no dugout squabbles, no Mickey Rivers hearing Reggie [Jackson] boast of his 143 IQ and asking, 'What, out of a thousand?' "All these Yankees do is win. They do it with class and style.
August 8, 1998
My challenge to Sparky Anderson: Make up a sentence using the words "does not" or the contraction "doesn't." I bet he don't know how to do it! TERRY CLARK, Northridge
Terry Collins, fired as Houston Astros manager in October, is believed to be the leading candidate to become the next Angel manager, supplanting Sparky Anderson as the favorite for the job. Collins returned to Anaheim Friday for his third interview with Angel front-office officials, discussing a variety of topics ranging from potential coaching staff members to the handling of young players to possible changes he would implement on the team.
October 31, 1996 | MIKE DOWNEY
Searching for a manager, the Angels have reportedly narrowed their choices to a few theoretically good men, among them the New York Mets' and Atlanta Braves' third-base coaches, the Baltimore Orioles' batting instructor and the manager the Houston Astros just fired into outer space. My personal clout with the Angel organization and Disney corporation has the approximate influence of Ross Perot's on rap music.
October 14, 1996 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Whitey Herzog, the former Angel general manager and St. Louis Cardinal manager, said the Angels should hire Sparky Anderson as manager. "Sparky would be perfect for that job," Herzog said. "He's a good baseball man, a good P.R. guy, gets along with the press, and will be popular with the fans. "I know he still wants to manage. A few years ago, he told me, 'I want to mange until I'm 70.' I told him, 'You look like you're 80 now.' "Really, that's the guy they should get."
October 9, 1996 | ROSS NEWHAN
The man they call Big Daddy leans that big body against a corner of his locker and says he would have retired rather than sign a new contract amid the hopelessness of Detroit. The New York Yankees rescued Cecil Fielder on the trade deadline of July 31. A month earlier, they had salvaged the career of Darryl Strawberry from the baseball halfway house that is the St. Paul Saints.
"Baseball is a very simple game," Sparky Anderson says. "There's no need to make it hard." This basic tenet helped guide the 62-year-old Anderson during a storied 26-year big league managing career. Now it's the credo that directs him in his new job as the color commentator for Prime Sports' cable telecasts of the California Angels.
May 4, 1996
I find it hard to fathom Larry Stewart's disparaging remarks about Sparky Anderson's broadcasting debut with Prime Sports [April 26]. His criticism seems to be based solely on delivery rather than content. I found Sparky's delivery natural and refreshingly free of the usual canned broadcast cliches and jargon we get from most commentators. Granted, Sparky butchers the King's English, but I am not listening to Sparky for a grammar lesson, rather for knowledgeable baseball insights, which he provided in abundance during his initial telecast.
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