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Statements regarding the passing of Sparky Anderson
11/04/2010 3:16 PM ET

DETROIT - The following are statements regarding Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson:

The following statement is attributable to Michael Ilitch (Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers and Michael and Marian Ilitch are co-owners of Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment and several other businesses):

"The baseball world lost one of its best today with the passing of Sparky Anderson. Marian and I and our entire organization extend our condolences to Sparky's family and friends. Those of us who had the privilege to know Sparky personally know how much he loved American's favorite pastime and how proud he was to be associated with baseball. His success as a manager, both with the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds, was about far more than wins and losses, it was about the character of the man. He cared about his players, he loved the fans and he put his heart and soul into the community. He will always be a favorite among Tigers fans and an important and memorable part of this incredible sports town."

The following statement is attributable to David Dombrowski, President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers:

"Sparky was one of the most respected people in the game, and I was fortunate in getting to know him through the years. There is so much to admire about Sparky, the manager, and the person. He exuded a spirit of inspiration for the game and life. It's great sadness for everyone that's ever known him, and for the baseball world to lose him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Carol, and the Anderson family."

The following statement is attributable to Al Kaline, Tigers Hall of Fame player and Special Assistant to the President:

"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. He was an incredible person and I cherish the time I was able to spend with him. He was a great leader and a great baseball man."

The following statement is attributable to Jim Leyland, Tigers Manager:

"Sparky was one of the most entertaining, enthusiastic managers that ever managed with the respect of everyone in baseball. He will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with Sparky's family."

The following statement is attributable to Tom Brookens, former Tigers player and current First Base Coach:

"Sparky was great for the game of baseball. He was an all-time character that was a great ambassador for the game. I spent 10 years playing for him and learned a lot about the game of baseball from him. He was a class individual."

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