Debbie and Sparky Anderson
Baseball Hall of Fame-Manager
of Cincinnati Reds-Detroit Tigers
I grew up in Shelby Co., Ohio and a devout Cincinnati Reds fan, went to as many games as possible although we lived over 100 miles away. I married and moved to Ventura Co., CA, much to my surprise, to the same town as Reds longtime Coach, Sparky Anderson. We spoke at church, at local school and whenever we would meet, sharp as a tack, he would relate our first meeting in Ohio and then at Saint Paschal Baylon Church. Sparky was blessed to have photographic memory.
I first saw him in Thousand Oaks after so many years later at a speech he was giving, I had asked him to sign an old Reds pennant I had from the late 1960's. The photo took him by surprise, he started telling me the behind the scene stories of Rose, Morgan, Geronimo, Perez, Bench which for me, was exciting. Every time we ran into each other he would always share another nugget about "the guys", I loved hearing every story as much as he enjoyed sharing it with me.
Most importantly, I am thankful/thrilled my children had the chance to get to know him, especially my son Brian. The picture on my profile is the last pic Sparky and I took together in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was truly one of the good guys.....
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Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything but happy.
Enjoy Life - It has an Expiration Date
*Proud decorated Firefighter Mom
My classmates of Botkins High School Class of 1974
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**Deborah Uppenkamp Steinke #176971652