Sparky Anderson, gentleman and legend

Hall of Famer, who died at age 76, knew how to manage and how to treat people

Originally Published: November 4, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

David Wells was throwing a simulated game at Tiger Stadium on a hot day in 1994, but it could have been any day in any year. Tigers manager Sparky Anderson sat in the dugout, legs crossed, smoking a pipe and watching Wells throw as he talked breathlessly to a writer. He was watching Wells with one eye; with the other, he looked at the writer, with complete attention to both. "He's throwing great,'' he said. "Great curveball. Oh, he's ready.''

That was Sparky Anderson. He was a great judge ...

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