Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sparky crosses home plate

The late Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Joe Nuxhall would sign off with the tag line, "This is the old left hander, rounding third and heading for home. Good night everyone." Today Sparky Anderson. former manager of the Cincinnati Reds, rounded third and crossed home plate. He passed away at 76. He was the first manager to win World Series in both leagues with the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. We called him Captain Hook for his penchant to remove starting pitchers before they failed. This started a revolution on how managers would go to the bullpen before their starting pitcher would weaken. He was able to manage a team of superstars and mold them into the greatest baseball team in the history of the game. The Big Red Machine. They won two World Series from years 1975-1976. He was the manager of my team during my childhood. He was the manager of my field of dreams' team. Good night Sparky. God bless you.

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