Remembering Sparky Anderson

Friday, November 05, 2010

Sparky Anderson, beloved longtime manager for the Detroit Tigers, died yesterday. Celeste Headlee had the privilege of interviewing Anderson many times, as did Ron Cameron, long time host of the Detroit sports radio show Sports Talk. 

Celeste says Sparky's eyes would sparkle beneath his bushy white eyebrows when she interviewed him and the world is a little colder with the loss of this gentle and wonderful human being.

Guests:

Ron Cameron

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

Tod Hardin from San Jose, CA

It's been a tough year for those of us that have spent our lifetimes staking claim to the magic that is Detroit Tiger Baseball. Although limited it was, I have been fortunate enough to have interacted with both Sparky and Ernie Harwell. Many will never know how truly humble and gracious both were. These were two great men ... both worthy of every ounce of praise that will ever come their way. I sometimes felt as though Sparky did not get the credit that was due to him ... but recent history has shown us that it takes far more than just great players to win it all. Great story Celeste ... and John I found nothing wrong with your use of "Sparkmeister."

Nov. 06 2010 08:13 PM
Gary Coin from Livonia, Michigan

After Celeste Headlee's story about Sparky Anderson's passing, John Hockenberry referred to Sparky as "the Sparkmeister" at one point and then "Spark." Our beloved Sparky Anderson was "Sparky," not "the Sparkmeister" or "Spark." Hockenberry spoiled an otherwise moving tribute to a one-of-a-kind baseball legend.

Nov. 05 2010 12:51 PM

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