One of the more colorful and respected Baseball managers to ever grace the field has passed away today. George Lee "Sparky" Anderson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, having won 3 World Series titles and 2 AL Manager of the Year Awards. He won 2,194 games as skipper which ranks him 6th on the all-time win list.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. (Story Link: NBC Sports: Hardball Talk)