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Sparky Anderson, Beloved Former Tigers Manager, Passes Away At 76

The Associated Press reports former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson has died due to complications from dementia. Here’s what Family spokesman Dan Ewald told the AP about the passing of the Hall-of-Famer, who still ranks sixth on the all-time wins list for managers:

“Sparky Anderson will always be measured by his number of victories and his place in baseball’s Hall of Fame. But all of that is overshadowed by the type of person he was. Sparky not only spiked life into baseball, he gave life in general something to smile about. Never in my lifetime have I met a man as gentle, kind and courageous as Sparky,” he said.