Sad news from the world of baseball yesterday.  Sparky Anderson passed away.

Reds fans will remember Sparky Anderson for three things: The way he was hired, the way he was fired, and everything in between.

He was “Sparky Who?” in the headlines when he was hired as a 35-year-old no-name manager at the end of the 1969 season.

After his firing nine years later, he was mourned by fans throughout Reds Country as though they’d lost a loved one.

In between, the “Main Spark” (a nickname he picked up from the name of his pre-game radio show) led the Reds to five divisional crowns, four World Series appearances and two world championships.

Here is the MLB Network story from yesterday.

Below is an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati with Sparky Anderson as himself hosting a sports talk show.
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