Upon hearing the news, Sparky couldn't fight back the tears. Carol came into the
kitchen and Sparky thanked her for the patience and strength she provided
throughout 42 years of a game that had now made him immortal. Earlier in the
week I ...
Author: Dan Ewald
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In the tradition of Tuesdays With Morrie, Dan Ewald pens a memoir of his friendship with legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, the man who taught him not only the nuances of baseball, but the importance of life's unwritten rules. Few sports figures, regardless of their position, have generated as much good will as Sparky Anderson, the legendary manager for the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. Sparky met author Dan Ewald, in 1979, and thus was born a lifelong friendship not likely ever to be seen again in baseball. Along the way, Dan never took for granted the front row seat he had to watch one of history's most memorable managers' absolute mastery of baseball's nuances and intricacies. But the most important things Sparky taught Dan were the "unwritten rules" of life, which he practiced meticulously. To Sparky, a real professional was as great away from the diamond as he was on it. His goal was for his players to be the best husbands, fathers, and community leaders they could be—he believed that was the mark of a winner, not the box score. Sparky had a gift for taking something as inane as the infield fly rule and turning it into a lecture on how to lead a more meaningful life. In 2010, the old friends had planned a get-together before the end of the year. But Sparky's health was taking a turn for the worse, so Dan arranged a three-day visit as quickly as he could. During their last days together, the friends recalled the memories of a lifetime as each prepared silently for their final good-bye. When that weekend came to a close, Dan had grown to appreciate Sparky more than he ever thought he could. In this heartfelt memoir, Dan imparts to readers his best friend's spirit through his unforgettable life lessons and stories only the two of them shared. "Like a wizard, Sparky Anderson was white-haired and wise, and sitting with him was like visiting with an oracle. Dan Ewald, who spent more time with Sparky than any of us, beautifully captures the magic of Sparky's wit, humor, and humanity in these pages. All baseball fans should read it." -- Mitch Albom, New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and Have a Little Faith "No one understood Sparky better than Dan Ewald. Managing people in a scope far broader than a pennant race is a rare quality, and Sparky understood people, their insecurities, their motivations. This is a great read, a great understanding of the humanity of playing baseball." –Peter Gammons, MLB Network "For decades, it seemed like everyone in baseball knew Sparky Anderson, and almost all of us considered him a friend. But few knew him as Dan Ewald did. Here, Dan provides a unique look at an endearing man who led a significant life both in and out of the game." –Bob Costas
Ms. Fisher peeked from the back door but didn't come outside. “Come on, punkin,
” she hollered, but Sparky kept on digging. I was with Sparky. We needed to fight back. I just didn't know what to do anymore. “Are the mushrooms going to blow ...
Author: Kurtis Scaletta
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
When 13-year-old Eric Parrish comes across glowing mushrooms in the woods behind his house, he's sure there's a scientific explanation. But when they start encroaching on the town—covering the football field and popping up from beneath the floorboards—Eric knows something's seriously wrong. Not that much else is going right: his parents are fighting, his little brother Brian is a little pill, and he's had a falling-out with his football team—over a pig. Then a runaway girl from a nearby boarding school warns Eric that the fungus could portend the town's doom and leave it in rubble—just like the village that inexplicably disappeared in the exact same spot over 200 years ago. Eric, Brian, and Mandy set out to solve a very old mystery and save the town of Tanglewood.
fight's. back. at. high. gas. prices. Today in the morning meeting little Henry was
all bent out of shape because he got another speeding ticket on the ... Little
Henry snapped back and said, "Don't call me Sparky, and my speedometer is
The sole purpose of this book is to give you a reason to smile, and to make you laugh. This entire series of stories is over 95% true, and according to one of my coworkers, being true is what really makes it so funny. It's uniquely written with inviting twists reminiscent of a not so average fast paced factory work place in the deep South. However the truth of the matter be known, you would probably find it hard to believe what is really truly fact or fiction in these stories. You are guaranteed to laugh here at some point or double your money back. So grab yourself a glass of ice cold milk, relax, and sit on back now, and prepare to enjoy and be entertained by some of the funniest words that you'll ever read in one place.
Sparky Fights Back is the story of a vivacious Australian Terrier , and Sparky's
adventures will tell you much about living ... heartwarming story , the book
includes an expanded glossary of tools available to fight cancer , an appendix
with the 10 ...
Author: Jeffery Martin BotzenhartPublish On: 2015-06-26
And my father—would have cursed me to Hell for having died fighting in a war.” “I'
m sure he wouldn't have,” Sparky interrupted. “Oh yes, he ... “He told me that it
was wrong to fight back and made me show him which hand I used to punch with.
Author: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing
What happens to the boys of summer when there are no more seasons? Where will they go? The end of the 1941 season has arrived for two baseball players. Eighteen-year-old Eddie Tanner and thirty-two-year-old Sam Trask are two of the finest to play the game. Yet neither received the call to move up to the major league. For Eddie, there is no going home. Saying goodbye, not only to baseball, but to the girl he has fallen in love with, he leaves for a future somewhere unknown. For Sam, there will be no more seasons but just maybe the salvation of falling in love. The relief of receiving a letter from Pearl Harbor lets Sam know where Eddie has found himself. This revelation also restores feelings of love that were thought long lost. Within days, however, the world is then plunged further into the darkness of war. What remains within broken hearts are distant, warm summer memories … from the end of the season.
Sparky tried to make sense of these losses, but he couldn't. He bravely went back
to work that first day after his sister's death, but kept fighting back tears in class
until he realized that he needed to speak openly to the students about his loss ...
Author: Bill Courtney
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
In Against the Grain, Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career. Each chapter tells the story of one of these tenets through compelling anecdotes of the colorful characters in Bill's life, leading to a deeper understand of the meaning of each and how to employee these fundamentals in all aspects of one's life. Against the Grain intertwines inspiring and thought-provoking anecdotes, lessons, and amazing real life examples. Bill's passion for us all to reconsider our own approach to life and constantly improve upon it comes across on every page.
Sparky and the rest of the class followed Mrs. Pinkerton back and forth with their
eyes as she paced. ... The question that had been posed a full two or three
minutes ago was: Who were the Americans fighting against in the War of 1812?
Author: Stephen DeLuca
Sparky and the Waarheid Camera is a darkly comic tale of oddballs, subterfuge, selfishness and disappointment, which contrast with the title character's charming innocence. The novel follows Sparky Donnelly, a ten-year-old boy whose superficially idyllic home life is about to shatter. Sparky is aware that something is wrong-a feeling which he experiences as a vague, indefinable dissatisfaction and naively attributes to his television-fueled perception that other people are living far more fun and exciting lives than he is. This idea obsesses Sparky and triggers an extraordinary dream of an entire day. Armed with several hundred dollars and a special camera that purportedly reveals the true essence of things rather than their outward appearance, Sparky gets a taste of a wide spectrum of dysfunctional and perverse adults in his travels. The conversations that ensue from these surreal encounters serve up slyly ironic and raunchy humor, including some unwittingly sardonic observations by Sparky himself.
Sparky Fights Back : A Little Dog's Big Battle Against Cancer , by Josee Clerens
and John Clifton . Foley Square Books , 2005 . Grizz's Story : A Greater Courage ,
by Jo Helms . Jo Helms Publishing , 2003 . Survive Your Cancer : The Essential ...
Author: Laurie Kaplan
Publisher: Jangen Press
Provides information for caretakers of dogs with cancer, including explanations of causes, diagnostics and treatments for canine cancer. Including information about diets and supplements for dogs with cancer. Including the story of a canine lymphoma survivor.
Sparky's. Big. Machine. J. eff Mallett walked through the stadium tunnel toward
the harsh desert sunlight. Thenhe walked out intoit. Squinting, he looked around.
... He knew that on the back of every cushion there was a pouch. And inside
Author: Nicholas Carlson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From her controversial rise and fall from power at Google, to her dramatic reshaping of Yahoo's work culture, people are obsessed with, and polarised by, Marissa Mayer's every move. She is full of fascinating contradictions: a feminist who rejects feminism, a charmer in front of a crowd who can't hold eye contact in one-on-ones, and a geek who is Oscar de la Renta's best customer. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! tells her story. Back in the 1990s, Yahoo was the internet. It was also a $120 billion company. But just as quickly as it became the world's most famous internet company, it crashed to earth during the dotcom bust. And yet, Yahoo is still here, with nearly a billion people visiting it each month. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! tells the fly-on-the-wall story of Yahoo's history for the first time, getting inside the board room as executives make genius calls and massive blunders. Dan Loeb, a tough-talking hedge fund manager, set his sights on Yahoo in 2011. He grew up idolising the corporate raiders of the 1980s, building a career being more vicious than any of them. Without Loeb's initiative, Marissa Mayer would never have been given her chance to save the company. This book tells the tale of how Dan Loeb spotted the real problem inside Yahoo - its awful board - and tore it apart, getting two CEOs fired in the process. When Marissa Mayer first started at Yahoo in 2012, the car parks would empty every week by 4.00 p.m. on Thursday. Over the next two years she made plenty of mistakes, but she learned from them. Now Yahoo's culture is vibrant and users are coming back. In Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! Nicholas Carlson also explores what may be the internet's first real turnaround.
His head hurt all over , front and back . And those fights had been like practice fights , not to the death like the one he ' d just been in . Truth was , his fingers
were still trembling a bit , although he tried not to let Sparky see it . If Sparky
Author: Marjorie M. McGinley
Ben decides to stop running away and go back to challenge his sister-in-law for the ranch that is rightfully his.
Sparky would have fought the mere suggestion of going home . This time there
was no fight . Sparky was whipped . There was no alternative . So on the morning
of May 19 with the Kansas City Royals in town , I packed my bags to return to ...
Author: Sparky Anderson
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Mr. Anderson's style is as direct and down-to-earth as a hard, clean slide into second . . . Sparky! gives us not only a vivid portrait of baseball's most successful manager but also a refreshing view of a guy who has his head screwed on right.--The New York Times Book Review. Now available in paperback. 20 photographs.
Harrelson stands up to Pete Rose , October 8 , 1973 , Shea Stadium a Willis
Reed 24 . fights back , | _ October 18 , 1966 ... Red manager D . loses big - time
to a Sparky Anderson pulled his team off the field , big name , February 1 , and
Author: Stuart Miller
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A sports journalist pays tribute to great moments in New York sports history in an illustrated survey that ranks the top one hundred events that transformed American sports, from an 1823 horse race that pitted the North against the South, to Lou Gehrig's farewell speech, to the Ali-Frazier fight at the Garden, covering all of the city's storied franchises and more.
So you ' re accident prone , ” said Sparky . “ Let ' s go . " Out on the two - lane ...
He was fighting it out with a Trumpet , then two Nortons , and abruptly found
himself on the back tire of the Vibrator of Myrtle the Turtle . Myrtle , a two - time
Sparky was fearless in calling all the shots . ... Sparky asked . " No , " Gibson
simply barked . Thirty - seconds later a hostile Gibson charged back into the
office . ... Both were kindred spirits , though , in fighting uphill battles all their lives
Author: Sparky Anderson
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Traces the life and career of the only manager to win the World Series in both the National and American Leagues
PEPE : That was really funny . He tried to run and it was so slippery that he kept
falling . And boy ! The guys just kept those snowballs whizzing ! SPARKY ( dryly )
: Oh , yes . Your side was real jolly . Jimmy didn ' t have a chance to fight back ...
Author: Earl Perry
Publisher: Baker Books
Category: Christian education
Christian values are presented in puppet scripts as well as puppeteer responsibilities.
Sometime I'll show you my souvenir from that dog - fight , in back of my knee and
about a foot higher . " Sparky , who calls himself the world's best service man ,
had written me a note telling me to be sure and see him when in his
Since Sparky was a little boy he'd never had any discipline. ... We had just
finished dinner and were sitting back and catching up with the three months or so
that had gone by since the last time we had ... a big fight had occurred at Mike's
Author: L. Gary Gunkel
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Gary Gunkel tells about his real-life experiences as a US Marine, an Anchorage City Policeman, an Alaska State Trooper, Chief of Police in small town Alaska and Sheriff of Asotin County, Washington. His stories are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages on call after call, and his sometimes hair-raising law enforcement experiences will keep you on the edge of your seat. And just when you think you have heard it all there will be another call that you can't imagine. You will discover how Gary handles a dangerous situation surrounded by 24 members of a motorcycle gang with the nearest backup over 200 miles away. Another time you will feel the experience of stopping 17 gang members on a main highway because they were displaying a sawed off shotgun. The amazing thing is all these calls are real life...there is no fiction involved. Gary has, on occasion, changed a name to protect someone's privacy, or sometimes a name is left out because he cannot recall it or has no way of getting the name. You will experience commercial fishing with his whole family for salmon in Bristol Bay and flying loads of fish off the beach in his plane. You will read about several live action and near-death aircraft incidents that you cannot believe happened to Gary and his family. He writes about bush flying experiences that will make you laugh, and some truly whacko ones that will make you shake your head as you go fishing, trapping and hunting with him. And through it all, you will come away with the understanding that everything Gary Gunkel did in law enforcement was professional, that he has a huge capacity for living life completely, and great love for his family.
Every birthday, Christmas, Halloween, and Easter, Mom would make a fuss over Sparky. She gave her cards ... On Tuesday she had her ultrasound, and on
Wednesday we went back to the vet's for the results. It seemed like we sat in ... Sparky was not going to win the battle of fighting the medications. I was on a
mission to ...
Author: Barbara Balazik Bigler
We don't have much money, but were the richest people in the world for Sparky taught me its what's in your heart. That's where happiness comes from. Faith, Hope, trusting the lord, those are free priceless choices that only we can make for ourselves. We all go through trials and tribulations in our life-but how we handle them makes us stronger and wiser. From the moment the cat-soon to be named Sparky-walked up to author Barbara Ann Balazik's door, everything in her life changed. Balazik wrote When The Spark Came Into My Life to inspire and to provide hope and faith that when life has reached its darkest point, the sun will shine again. From their amazing beginning until Sparky's peaceful passing, the love they shared is a testament to the bond that can be created between owner and pet. Sparky helped Balazik become stronger and wiser and led her to Christianity. All of the things that Sparky taught Balazik have made her the woman she is today. It might be a lot for a little kitty-cat to accomplish, but she did it all and changed Barbara Ann Balazik's life for the better. When The Spark Came Into My Life is Balazik's expression of love for her treasured feline friend, and a thank-you for the love that was given back to her.
first trip to Europe that April , and I wasn't anxious to go back so soon . ... As it
happened , we had a nice fight and when we arrived , a driver met us and took us
to Wimbledon where Jeannie and the gang were waiting and Dad had a great ...
We stepped into the café , which is where Sparky had gone to write letters at