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Sparky Anderson: 1934 – 2010

Sparky Anderson was baseball to me. He managed the Cincinnati Reds to two World Series championships back when I was just becoming aware of the game. Today’s news was hard to hear.

"Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for," said former Reds star Pete Rose, the game's career hits leader. "He understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky Anderson. He gave his whole life to the game."

Read the full AP story: Hall of fame manager Sparky Anderson dies

Click to see a slideshow of Anderson's career.