Anyone who grew up following the Tigers or spent their career writing about the Tigers probably has a story they could tell about what Sparky Anderson meant to them. Here's a selection of some from around the Tigers blogosphere and beyond.
DesigNate Robertson: Bless You, Sparky
Rogo takes a break from his normal self to get a bit serious.
Joe Posnanski: George and Sparky
Must read as always with Pos.
Roar of the Tigers: Sparky Anderson, Feb 22, 1934 – Nov 4, 2010
Samara created a nice homage in image form.
Detroit News: Detroit, baseball reacts to Sparky Anderson's death
"Sparky was one of the greatest people I've met in baseball. He was a leader to his players both on and off the field." -- Al Kaline
Sparky Anderson was the perfect combination, a great manager and an even better man - ESPN
Hall of Famer, who died at age 76, knew how to manage and how to treat people, Tim Kurkjian writes.
Freep: Tigers legends praise Sparky Anderson on news of his illness
Ex-Tiger Kirk Gibson told John Lowe his thoughts
Old English D: The Losses Begin to Pile Up
Jen looks back at the losses of Ernie Harwell and Anderson
Ian Casselberry: Tigers' failure to honor Sparky Anderson is shameful
No matter what happens after this, it won't be the same. If the Tigers do eventually decide to commemorate their former manager and his achievements, the ceremony will feel empty. Because the man who should've been on hand to accept that appreciation won't be there.
MLB Fanhouse: Sparky Anderson: Simply Special
Joe Lapointe writes about the last time he saw Sparky
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Former USA Today writer Mel Antonen
Wrote about visiting Sparky in Califnornia in 1995
- Chris Jaffee shared some observations at The Hardball Times.