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This Week in Baseball '77 Recaps: Episode 10


In TWIB '77 episode 10, Mel Allen digs public art, the Cubs and Reds crazy-battle, and scoreboards have been programmed to feel pain!

This Week in Baseball Season One Recaps: Episode 8


TWIB looks back All Star Games past, plus all the action from the '77 Midsummer Classic, and Nolan Ryan's diva behavior will not be tolerated.

On Sparky's Third Act (With a Note of Caution for the Yankees)


Just a day after I said that I wouldn’t eulogize Sparky Anderson because he was still around, the great manager passed away. Earlier today, Rob Neyer wondered about the last act of Anderson’s...

Imagining Sparky in Paradise


I was saddened to learn today that Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care due to dementia. The Hall of Fame manager was always entertaining due to his forthright, hyperbolic way of...

When Sparky was the face of Toronto baseball


This is a great Bob Elliott column on Sparky Anderson's final years as a player and first as a manager - in Toronto. And if one Hall of Fame manager getting his start in Toronto wasn't enough, Anderson was replaced by another first-time manager in Dick Williams who also would go on to the Hall. I love the Blue Jays, but it's sad how Toronto's long history of minor league baseball with the Maple Leafs has become lost to most people. I wish that the Jays would have embraced the history of minor-league ball and tried to bridge it into their story. Can't recall the team ever doing any Maple Leafs-themed event (say an anniversary or player reunion or something). They could have even resurrected some Maple Leaf uniforms for the odd flashback game. But it's all too late now. I've been a Toronto baseball fan for almost 25 years, but born in the early 1970s I still know next to nothing about the city's baseball history before the Jays and my time. Gotta read some books.

Fantasy Baseball, Real Links: R.I.P. Sparky


Daily fantasy baseball links with some regular baseball links mixed in, too. R.I.P. Sparky

Sparky Anderson dies at 76


Sparky Anderson, the all-time leader among Tigers managers in victories, visibility and inimitable quotations, died today at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76. Anderson’s death came one day after the family announced that he was receiving hospice care at his home because of complications from dementia. From the Detroit Free Press

The Living Ghost of Pete Rose Compels You: Pre-Game Pump Up


Just a few inspirational nuggets before the Game Thread drops: "I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball." - Pete Rose "I haven't missed a game in two-and-a-half years. I go to...

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