Former Detroit News Sports Writer and Detroit Tigers Public Relations Director Dan Ewald will discuss and sign copies of his recently published book, Sparky and Me: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30pm in the West Bloomfield Public Library (4600 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323). This event is free and open to the public.
Few sports figures, regardless of their position, have generated as much good will as Sparky Anderson, the legendary manager for the Cincinati Reds and the Detriot Tigers. Sparky met author Dan Ewald, in 1979, and thus was born a lifelong friendship. 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.
“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
“Sparky taught all of us the right way to play the game and how to act like a professional. No one was closer to Sparky than Dan Ewald. The stories that Dan shares show the character of the man we all love.” –Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers legend
“Sparky cared about us as ball players, but more importantly as husbands, fathers and men. He was the greatest influence on all of our lives. Everything I do today I owe to Sparky.” –Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers great and Arizona Diamondbacks manager