Icarus was a test pilot (galwithglasses) wrote,
Icarus was a test pilot

So Long, Sparky

 Sparky Anderson, former manager of the Detroit Tigers, passed away today.  
He's one of my biggest memories of my time watching the Tigers.  I'd watch with my future father-in-law when we'd go to visit my husband's family on break from college.  I can still see Sparky heading out to the pitcher's mound late in the game to pull the starting pitcher.  My father-in-law got me started watching the Tigers.  He's been gone for 7 years now and I miss him a lot.  He and Sparky are tied together in my memories.

Here's Sparky in a photo from the AP and another uncredited one found on the web.

Sparky Anderson, credit Lennox McLendon/AP

Sparky Anderson, found on mlive.com

Although I liked to watch baseball on TV, my favorite way to catch a Tiger game was on the radio listening to long-time Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell call the game.  Ernie also passed away this year in May. Rest in peace, all you guys.

Miss ya.

Tags: baseball, memorial

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