'It is only when games and sports come to be valued purely as a form of escape,' he wrote [in his 1979 book 'The Culture of Narcissism'], 'that they lose the capacity to provide this escape.'
"Sparky was, by far, the best manager I ever played for," said former Reds star Pete Rose, the game's career hits leader. "He understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky Anderson."