A beloved longtime Major League Baseball manager, one of the legends of the game, has died at the age of 76, The New York Times reports.
Sparky Anderson died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the story reports. He had been put in hospice care, his family announced Wednesday, due to complications related to dementia.
Anderson led the so-called Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds, to two World Series titles in the 1970s, and later won a third World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984.
He was a close friend of L.A. Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, even though the two men were rivals on the field. Anderson and Lasorda played baseball together in the minor leagues.
Anderson earned a reputation as an astute baseball strategist, getting the nickname Captain Hook for his tendency to pull pitchers as soon as they got into trouble–a strategy that is more widely used since Anderson found success with it.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.