Yesterday, on Wednesday, we learned that Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson had been placed under hospice care due to complications from dementia. However, on Thursday, the situation took an even worse turn, and it is now being reported that Anderson has died at the age of 76.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Carol, his sons Lee and Albert, his daughter Shirley Englebrecht, and his nine grandchildren. According to a report, there will be no funeral or memorial service at Sparky's own request.
Anderson's career lasted all of one mediocre season in the Major Leagues as a player, but 26 seasons in the Major Leagues as a manager. Anderson won 2194 regular season games with the Reds and Tigers, which stands as the sixth-highest total of all time. He won two World Series with Cincinnati, one with Detroit, and also won two other pennants.
Anderson retired in 1995, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 2000.