Remembering Sparky

The Detroit Tigers lost another legend yesterday.  I can remember watching Tiger games as a kid and seeing Sparky Anderson on TV.  The man always had a smile on his face and always seemed to care more about people than being the manager of the Detroit Tigers.  Many would say that his biggest contribution to the city of Detroit was his charity CATCH.

CATCH is a children’s charity that was founded in 1987 by then Detroit Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson. CATCH raises funds to provide a current and future source of revenue to help improve the quality of life for sick, injured and at-risk pediatric patients who receive care from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital. Included is the CATCH Pediatric Mobile Health Programs that provide basic health services for Detroit children who experience barriers to accessing health care.

My biggest memory of him was the magical season of 1984.  Starting out 35-5 and culminating with a World Series Championship of the San Diego Padres.  Even at the age of 12, I admired him for what he did and how he did it…with graciousness and humility.

He was the team’s identity and was a great leader of men and the city.  He will be greatly missed.  Thanks for the memories, Sparky!

What are you memories of Sparky?

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21)

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