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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2010, 06:16:21 pm »
Nice to replay this again even if they beat my Dodgers.  ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrI7dVj90zs&feature=related

Left field at the Polo Grounds also had an upper deck ("the short porch") which extended out over the field  reducing the distance from 279 feet to about 250 feet . That meant it was technically rather easy to hit a home run into the lower deck of the left field stands, unless it was a line drive such as Bobby Thomson's famous home run – "the Shot Heard 'Round the World" – in 1951
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2010, 08:47:03 pm »
Thanks, Crash.  +k

I'd never seen video - I assumed only audio had survived.

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2010, 11:04:26 pm »
NY Times obit for Bobby Thomson


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“Now it is done,” Red Smith wrote in The New York Herald Tribune. “Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.”

We don't read prose that colorful or expressive in our sports stories these days.
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2010, 08:15:27 am »
NY Times obit for Bobby Thomson


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“Now it is done,” Red Smith wrote in The New York Herald Tribune. “Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again.”

We don't read prose that colorful or expressive in our sports stories these days.
Red Smith was the man. An interviewer asked about my favorite sports writer. I said, "Of all time it's Red Smith, but I also like many current writers like John Feinstein, Jayson Stark, Jim Caple, Greg Bedard, Peter Schmuck, Paul Bodi, etc."
He said, "Who's Red Smith?"
I said to myself, "This place may not be a good fit."

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2010, 06:07:20 pm »
Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.

I know this is premature but Hospice is a step in that direction.  See: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5759008



Here is the D-III connection - Cal Lutheran named their field in his honor:  
http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/baseball/20060128-1535-bbo-sparkyanderson.html
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2010, 07:22:00 pm »
Thank you for posting this.  My son and his team mates have had the privilage of spending countless hours over the past 3+ years around Mr. Anderson while playing at Cal Lu.  I'm sure practices and games will not be the same without Sparky in the dugout.  My son will never meet another person like him.

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2010, 06:10:23 am »
Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.

I know this is premature but Hospice is a step in that direction.  See: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5759008



Here is the D-III connection - Cal Lutheran named their field in his honor: 
http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/baseball/20060128-1535-bbo-sparkyanderson.html

The first time I saw Sparky at a Cal Lu baseball game sitting in the dugout back in 2007 as I saw his name on the Cal Lu stadium. Sparkly seemed to take naps during the long double header that day. He used to do a great job as a broadcaster for
the Anaheim Angels at the time. Sparky made the baseball world a better place along with the many lives he touched.
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2010, 01:56:04 pm »
Just heard on ESPN that Sparky Anderson has passed away. ESPN gave no further details.

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2010, 09:37:39 pm »
 "Problem with [John] Wockenfuss getting on base is that it takes three doubles to score him." - Sparky Anderson  ;)

RIP, Skipper...



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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2010, 09:45:38 pm »
Sparky's players adored him (well, most of them, at least :P).  Kirk Gibson has already been quoted saying that Sparky will live on as long as he does, because he is TOTALLY a product of Sparky as a manager.

By far my favorite Anderson quote came when he was discussing players sitting out due to nagging injuries:  "Pain don't hurt." ::)

Sparky was Yogi, though a better manager and a lesser ballplayer.  He was also reminiscent of Casey Stengel, and roughly the equal as both player and manager.

I'll stand by my earlier comment that Ernie (Harwell, for you foreigners ;)) was the most beloved man in Michigan, but Sparky certainly ranked up there, and was another for whom a last name was completely unnecessary.

Bulk, just saw your post as I was about to post - that would probably be my second favorite quote, but there are SO many to choose among! :D

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #40 on: November 04, 2010, 10:14:41 pm »
 :'( :'( :'( :'(


"I can't believe they pay us to play baseball - something we did for free as kids." - Sparky Anderson
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2010, 02:02:43 pm »
Farewell to a classy, great baseball man.

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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
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This... is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.  "There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
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Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2010, 03:26:12 pm »