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Stars That Died 2010


Martin Baum American talent agent (Creative Artists Agency), President of ABC Pictures (1968–1971). died he was , 86,

Martin “Marty” Baum  was an American talent agent known for his work at the Creative Artists Agency(CAA), including the first head of the agency’s motion picture department.[1] During his career, which spanned from the 1940s until 2010, his client list at CAA and other agencies included Bette DavisBo DerekRichard AttenboroughRed ButtonsMaggie Smith and Rock Hudson.[1] Baum was also the President of ABC Pictures, the film division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), from 1968 until 1971.[1]

(March 2, 1924 – November 5, 2010)

Early life

Baum, a native of New York City, was born on March 2, 1924.[1] He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II while still in high school, taking part in the Allied Normandy landings in France.[2][3] He initially worked as a stage manager following the war, and decided to become a talent agent after a series of failed stage productions.[1]


Baum and Abe Newborn co-founded their own talent agency, Baum-Newborn Agency, in 1948, which proved profitable.[1] They later sold the firm to General Artists Corp (GAC).[1] Baum moved to Los Angeles in 1960 when he became the head of GAC’s motion picture talent division.[1] Baum then joined Ashley Famous Agency after leaving GAC.
He then formed his own agency, the Martin Baum Agency, which later merged with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).[1]
In the interim, Baum became the head of ABC Pictures in 1968, the film division of American Broadcasting Company (ABC). As President, Baum oversaw the production of a number of films, including They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), Straw Dogs (1971) and Cabaret(1972).[1] His client Gig Young won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.[1] Young later bequethed Baum his Oscar statuette following his suicide in 1977.[1]
Throughout his career Baum earned the reputation as a “packager”, according to the Los Angeles Times. Baum brought together various clients whom he represented, such as actorsscreenwriters and film directors, and then “package” them together in a proposal to a film studio or production company. Baum proved instrumental in packaging together three of his clients, James Poe, actor Sydney Poitier and director Ralph Nelson to create the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.[1] Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, becoming the first African American actor to win the award.
In 1960, Baum partnered with Baum & Newborn Theatrical Agency to begin producing films and television in addition to his work as a publicist.[2] He became a production executive at both Optimus Productions and Creative Management Association.[2] Baum’s credits as a producer included The Last ValleyBring Me the Head of Alfredo GarciaThe Wilby Conspiracy and The Killer Elite, all of which were released in the 1970s.[3]
In 1976,[3] the five founding partners of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – Michael S. RosenfeldMichael OvitzRon MeyerWilliam Haberand Rowland Perkins – proposed that Martin Baum join the CAA.[3] The five publicists had formed the CAA in 1975 after they departed theWilliam Morris Agency (WMA).[3] Baum accepted the offer, completing the merger of his Martin Baum Agency with the CAA on October 11, 1976.[3] [2] Baum brought an extensive client list to the CAA when he joined the agency, including Peter Sellers and Sydney Poitier.[1] More importantly to CAA founders, the merger with Baum’s agency added legitimacy to the CAA, which had only been founded one year prior to their overture to Baum.[1][2] Baum became the first head of the CAA’s motion picture division.[1] He remained a fixture at the CAA until shortly before his death in 2010.[2]
Baum accumulated an extensive client list throughout his career. In addition to Sydney Poitier and Gig Young, his clients included Carroll O’ConnorDyan CannonGene WilderJulie AndrewsRichard HarrisRichard AttenboroughMaggie SmithHarry BelafonteStockard ChanningJoanne WoodwardJohn CassavetesBlake EdwardsBette DavisGena RowlandsRod SteigerCliff Robertson and Red Buttonsat various times throughout his career.[1][3]
Martin Baum died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on November 5, 2010 at the age of 86.[1] He was survived by his daughter, Fern; son, Rich; three grandchildren; and his girlfriend of twelve years, Vicki Sanchez. His wife, Bernice Baum, died in 1997.[1]

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Antonio Cárdenas Guillén, Mexican drug lord, was killed during a shootout with the Mexican Army

Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén , nicknamed Tony Tormenta, was a Mexican drug lord and was one of the two leaders of the criminal organization known as the Gulf Cartel. Antonio was brother of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén and a partner of Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez was killed during a shootout with the Mexican Army.

(March 5, 1962 – November 5, 2010)


Cárdenas is believed to have begun his drug trafficking career during the late 1980s, rising through the ranks of the Gulf Cartel and becoming its leader after the arrest of his brother Osiel Cárdenas Guillén on March 14, 2003.[2] Antonio, along with other Gulf Cartel associates, was responsible for multi-ton shipments of marijuana and cocaine from Mexico to the United States.
The Gulf Cartel, originally founded in Mexico the 1930s to smuggle whiskey and other illicit commodities into the United States, expanded significantly by the 1970s under Juan García Abrego, who became the first drug trafficker to be placed on the FBI‘s Ten Most Wanted List.[3]Following his 1996 arrest by Mexican authorities and subsequent deportation to the United States, Oscar Malherbe De León took control of the cartel until his arrest a short time later. He was replaced by Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, who was arrested in 2003, and extradited to the United States in 2007. The Gulf Cartel currently controls most of the cocaine and marijuana trafficking through the Matamoros, Tamaulipas corridor to the United States. The Attorney General of Mexico suspects that his partner Jorge Eduardo Costilla has taken full control of the Gulf Cartel.[4]

Cárdenas was one of the eleven ‘Most Wanted’ Mexican fugitives sought by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).[5] He was charged in a 2008 federal indictment in the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Department of State was offering a reward of up to $5 millionUSD for information leading to his arrest,[1][6] while the Attorney General of Mexico was offering a 30 million pesos bounty (about $2.5 million USD).[7]

On November 5, 2010, Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén was killed during a shootout with the Mexican Army and the Mexican Marine officers in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.[8][9] Four other suspected members of the cartel,[10] two marines,[11] and a news reporter were killed during the military operation.

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Jill Clayburgh, American actress (An Unmarried Woman, Ally McBeal, Dirty Sexy Money), died from chronic leukemia she was , 66

 Jill Clayburgh  was an American actress. She receivedAcademy Award nominations for her roles in An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over died from chronic leukemia she was , 66..

(April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010)

Clayburgh was born in New York City, the daughter of Julia Louise (née Dorr), a theatrical production secretary for David Merrick, and Albert Henry “Bill” Clayburgh, a manufacturing executive.[2][3][4] Her paternal grandmother was concert and opera singer Alma Lachenbruch Clayburgh.[5]
Clayburgh’s father’s family was Jewish and wealthy.[6][7] She was raised in a “fashionable” neighborhood on Manhattan‘s Upper East Side, where she attended the prestigious Brearley School.[6] She then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she decided that she wanted to be an actress.
Clayburgh married screenwriter and playwright David Rabe in 1979. They had one son, Michael Rabe and one daughter, actress Lily Rabe. She dated Al Pacino for five years (and briefly appeared with him in a November 1968 N.Y.P.D. episode, “Deadly Circle Of Violence”).
Clayburgh joined the Charles Street Repertory Theater in Boston. She appeared in numerous Broadway productions in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Rothschilds and Pippin. Clayburgh made her screen debut in The Wedding Party, filmed in 1963 but not released until six years later, and gained attention with roles such as the love interest of Gene Wilder in the 1976 comedy-mystery Silver Streak, co-starringRichard Pryor.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for 1978’s An Unmarried Woman, for which she won the “Best Actress Award” at the Cannes Film Festival, and for 1979’s Starting Over, a comedy with Burt Reynolds. She also received strong notices for a dramatic performance in I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.http://www.youtube.com/v/Z86IE_8Z948?fs=1&hl=en_US
Her other films include Portnoy’s ComplaintGable and Lombard (in which she portrayed screen legend Carole Lombard), as a pro football team owner’s daughter in Semi-Tough, as a mathematician in It’s My Turn (in which she teaches the proof of the snake lemma), as a conservative Supreme Court justice in First Monday in October and in Bernardo Bertolucci‘s controversial La Luna, a role in which her character masturbates her son in an attempt to ease his withdrawal from heroin.
Television audiences know Clayburgh from numerous roles in series and movies including Law & OrderThe Practice and as Ally McBeals mother. She received Emmy Award nominations for her work in the made-for-television movie Hustling in 1975 and for guest appearances in the series Nip/Tuck in 2005.
In 2006, she appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon‘s Barefoot in the Park with Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet; she played Peet’s mother, a role originated by Mildred Natwick. She also returned to the screen as a therapist’s eccentric wife in the all-star ensemble dramedy Running With Scissors, an autobiographical tale of teenage angst and dysfunction based on the book by Augusten Burroughs. During 2007, Clayburgh appeared in the ABC television series Dirty Sexy Money, playing Letitia Darling.
Clayburgh lived with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than two decades before succumbing to the disease. She died at her home inLakeville, Connecticut, on November 5, 2010.[1] The movie Love and Other Drugs, was dedicated to her memory.


Year Film Role Notes
1969 The Wedding Party Josephine
1971 The Telephone Book Bit Part (uncredited)[8]
1972 Portnoy’s Complaint Naomi
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Jackie
1974 The Terminal Man Angela Black
1976 Gable and Lombard Carole Lombard
Griffin & Phoenix
Silver Streak Hilly Burns
1977 Semi-Tough Barbara Jane Bookman
1978 An Unmarried Woman Erica Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1979 La Luna Caterina Silveri Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Starting Over Marilyn Holmberg Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980 It’s My Turn Kate Gunzinger
1981 First Monday in October Ruth Loomis Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1982 I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can Barbara Gordon
1983 Hanna K. Hanna Kaufman
Miles To Go Moira Browning
Where Are The Children? Nancy Holder Eldridge
1987 Shy People Diana Sullivan
1990 Oltre l’oceano Ellen aka Beyond the Ocean (USA)
1991 Pretty Hattie’s Baby
1992 Whispers in the Dark Sarah Green
Le grand pardon II Sally White aka Day of Atonement
1993 Naked in New York Shirley, Jake’s Mother
Rich in Love Helen Odom
1997 Going All the Way Alma Burns
Fools Rush In Nan Whitman
2001 Never Again Grace
Vallen Ruth aka Falling
2006 Running with Scissors Agnes Finch
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Letitia Darling Television
2010 Love and Other Drugs Mrs. Randall
2011 Bridesmaids Completed, and Clayburgh’s last film.

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Charles McDowell American journalist and syndicated columnist, died from complications from a stroke he was , 84,

Charles “Charley” McDowell, Jr.  was a long-time political writer and nationally syndicated columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and panelist on PBS-TV’s Washington Week in Review died from complications from a stroke he was , 84,. McDowell appeared in an interview in Ken Burns’documentary The Congress;[1] provided the character voice for Sam R. Watkins in Burns’ documentary The Civil War;[2][3] and provided character voice as well as consultation for Burns’ documentary Baseball.[4] McDowell was a Washington and Lee University alumnus and a member of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.[5]

(24 June 1926 – 5 November 2010)

Charles Rice McDowell, Jr. was born in Danville, Kentucky on June 24, 1926. He was the son of Charles Rice McDowell, Sr. (1895–1968) and Catherine Frazier Feland (1904–1986). When he was young, the family moved to Lexington, Virginia, where the elder McDowell was a professor of law at Washington and Lee University. (His mother was the long-time secretary to the law dean; eventually, she was said to wield so much power that she effectively “was the dean of law.”[6]) The younger McDowell became an undergraduate there, majoring in English and graduating in 1948. He then attended the Columbia University School of Journalism, and graduated the following year.http://www.youtube.com/v/ewGdjLAUXa8?fs=1&hl=en_US

McDowell then moved to Richmond, Virginia, and joined the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he would remain his entire career, retiring in 1998. He covered local news and was then assigned to the State Capitol, where he reported on the General Assembly and state politics. In 1954, McDowell began to write a syndicated column that appeared three or four times per week and would span the remainder of his career. He was assigned to Washington, D.C., in 1965, and relocated to Alexandria. McDowell wrote three books: “Campaign Fever,” a journal of the 1964 presidential election; and two collections of humor columns titled “One Thing After Another” (1960) and “What Did You Have in Mind?” (1963). He was also a panelist on PBS’ “Washington Week in Review” for 18 years, beginning in 1978, and was a writer, narrator and host for other PBS programs, including “Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings,” “Richmond Memories” and “For the Record.” McDowell also provided voiceovers for the productions “The Civil War” and “Baseball” by Ken Burns.
McDowell was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1988, and awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club in 1996. He married Ann G. Webb of Ashland, Virginia. McDowell lived with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia until they moved to Virginia Beach after his retirement. He died on November 5, 2010, due to complications of a stroke.[7][8][9]

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Randy Miller, American drummer (The Myriad), died from bone cancer he was ,39

Randall “Randy” J. Miller  was an American musician and drummer for the Seattle-based band, The Myriad died from bone cancer he was ,39.

(February 9, 1971 – November 5, 2010)

Miller was born in Long Beach, California, on February 9, 1971, to parents, Jack and Jayne Miller.[1] He moved to Redding, California, in 1985 with his family.[1] Miller graduated from Central Valley High School in Redding in 1989.[1] He initially owned and operated Metolius Construction, a concrete business, with business partner, Tommy Carlson, before leaving to join The Myriad in 2006.[1][2]
The Myriad, which included Miller as drummer and lead vocalist Jeremy Edwardson, who was also a 1997 alumae of Central Valley High School, rose to success after winning MTV’s Dew Circuit Breakout Band of the Year in December 2007.[1] Their 2008 sophomore album,With Arrows, With Poise, was released shortly afterward after being mastered at Abbey Road Studios.[1]
Miller was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, form of bone cancer, in 2008, the same year that With Arrows, With Poise was released.[1] He underwent treatments, including chemotherapy.[1] His condition improved enough that he was able to tour with The Myriad during the Fall of 2009.[1]
Randy Miller died at his home in Redding, California, on November 5, 2010, at the age of 39.[1] He was survived by his wife, Kristyn Miller; their two children – Conor and Gillian.[1]

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Adrian Păunescu, Romanian author, poet and politician , died of renal, liver and heart failure.he was 67

Adrian Păunescu  was a Romanian poet, journalist, and politician died of renal, liver and heart failure.he was 67. Though criticised for praising dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu,[1] Păunescu was called “Romania’s most famous poet”[1] in a Associated Press story, quoted by the New York Times.

(20 July 1943 – 5 November 2010)

Born in CopăceniBălţi County, in what is now the Republic of Moldova, Păunescu spent his childhood in BârcaDolj County. He did his secondary studies at Carol I High School inCraiova.
Păunescu studied philology at the University of Bucharest and became a writer and journalist. He was an influential public figure for Romanian youth throughout the 1970s and early 1980s[2]. Though he was criticised for writing flattering poems about dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu,[1]Păunescu remained popular in Romania,[1] where he appeared on television several times a week.[1]http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xbndsz?width=&theme=none&foreground=%23F7FFFD&highlight=%23FFC300&background=%23171D1B&start=&animatedTitle=&iframe=0&additionalInfos=0&autoPlay=0&hideInfos=0
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As posthumously summarized by newspaper România Liberă, Păunescu “is still viewed as a hero by the man in the street”[2] although “intellectuals continue to question his integrity and the literary value of his work”[2].
A member of the Union of Communist Youth between 1966 and 1968, and, between 1968–1989, of the Romanian Communist Party, Păunescu gained control over a major weekly publication, Flacăra and became the producer and host of the only itinerant folk and pop show in the country, Cenaclul Flacăra, founded in 1973. He was a member of the Romanian Communist Party Central Committee and “court poet”[2] of the dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu.
After 1989 Păunescu pursued a political career, aligning himself with socialist and then social-democratic political parties.
In 1996, he ran in the Romanian presidential election but received only 87,163 votes (0.69%). He was a senator from 1992 to 2008, representing Dolj County (1992–2004) and then Hunedoara County (2004–2008), first of the Socialist Labour Party, and later of the Social Democratic Party of Romania. He received the most votes in his district at the 2008 election, but failed to win a seat after the votes were redistributed pursuant to the MMP system used.
Aged 67, Păunescu was hospitalized on 26 October 2010 in the intensive care unit of the Floreasca Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, with problems of more vital organs caused by pulmonary edema. Păunescu had subsequent renal, liver and heart failure. He was declared dead at 7.15 AM, on 5 November 2010.[3]. Survived by his wife and three children, Păunescu was posthumously thanked by Romania’s presidentTraian Băsescu who in saluting him mentioned only his contributions to art.[1]


  • Ultrasentimente (1965)
  • Mieii primi (1966)
  • Fântâna somnambulă (1968)
  • Cărțile poștale ale morții (1970)
  • Aventurile extraordinare ale lui Hap și Pap (1970)
  • Viata de exceptii (1971)
  • Sub semnul întrebării (1971)
  • Istoria unei secunde (1971)
  • Lumea ca lume (1973)
  • Repetabila povară (1974)
  • Pământul deocamdată (1976)
  • Poezii de până azi (1978)
  • Sub semnul întrebării (1979)
  • Manifest pentru sănătatea pământului (1980)
  • Iubiți-vă pe tunuri (1981)
  • De la Bârca la Viena și înapoi (1981)
  • Rezervația de zimbri (1982)
  • Totuși iubirea (1983)
  • Manifest pentru mileniul trei (1984)
  • Manifest pentru mileniul trei (1986)
  • Locuri comune (1986)
  • Viața mea e un roman(1987)
  • Într-adevăr (1988)
  • Sunt un om liber (1989)
  • Poezii cenzurate (1990)
  • Romaniada (1993–1994)
  • Bieți lampagii (1993–1994)
  • Noaptea marii beții (1993–1994)
  • Front fără învingători (1995)
  • Infracțiunea de a fi (1996)
  • Tragedia națională (1997)
  • Deromânizarea României (1998)
  • Cartea Cărților de Poezie (1999)
  • Meserie mizarabilă, sufletul (2000)
  • Măștile însîngerate (2001)
  • Nemuritor la zidul morții (2001)
  • Până la capăt (2002)
  • Liber să sufăr (2003)
  • Din doi în doi (2003)
  • Eminamente (2003)
  • Cartea Cărților de Poezie (2003)
  • Logica avalanșei (2005)
  • Antiprimăvara (2005)
  • Ninsoarea de adio (2005)
  • Un om pe niște scări (2006)
  • De mamă și de foaie verde (2006)
  • Copaci fără pădure (2006)
  • Vagabonzi pe plaiul mioritic (2007)
  • Rugă pentru părinți (2007)
  • Încă viu (2008)
  • Libertatea de unică folosință (2009)

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Martin Starkie, British actor and writer died he was , 87

Martin Starkie was an English actor, writer and director for theatre, radio and television. The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour. Starkie died at the age of 87 on November 5th in London 2010.

(November 25, 1922 November 5, 2010

Starkie was born in Burnley,Lancashire, England, UK and educated at Burnley Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford, under critic Nevill Coghill.[1] In 1946 he founded the Oxford University Poetry Society, and with Roy McNab edited the Oxford Poetry magazine in 1947.

He made his name in the BBC‘s The Third Programme and on television in the 1950s. He went on to write with Nevill Coghill and composers Richard Hill and John Hawkins, and to produce and direct Canterbury Tales, based on Nevill Coghill’s translation, first in Oxford, then in the West End, on Broadway and in Australia.[2]

The Oxford University Poetry Society administers the annual Martin Starkie Prize in his honour.

His acting roles included The Resurrection and the Judgement, The Crucifixion, The Second Shepherd’s Play, Guilds and Pageants and Noah and the Flood.

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Sparky Anderson, American baseball player and manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), member of Baseball Hall of Fame, died from complications of dementia he was , 76

George Lee “Sparky” Anderson was aMajor League Baseball manager died from complications of dementia he was , 76. He managed the National League‘s Cincinnati Redsto the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. He was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major League history. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 1984 and 1987. Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

 (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010)

Anderson was born in Bridgewater, South Dakota, on February 22, 1934. He moved to Los Angeles when he was eight.[1] He was a batboy for the USC Trojans.[1] He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in1953.[2] Sparky’s American Legion Team won the 1951 National Championship, which was played in Brigg’s Stadium (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit.http://www.youtube.com/v/idgomFaDW8k?fs=1&hl=en_US

Playing career

Anderson began his playing career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the class-CCalifornia League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop.[3] In 1954, he was moved up to the class-A Pueblo Dodgers of the Western League and was moved to second base, where he played the rest of his career.[3]
In 1955, Anderson was moved another step up the minor league ladder, playing for the Double-A Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League. A radio announcer gave him the nickname “Sparky” in 1955 for his feisty play.[4] In 1956, he moved up once more, this time to the Triple-A Montreal Royals of the International League. In 1957, he was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels of the open-classification Pacific Coast League. The next season, after the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles, he returned to Montreal.[3]
After five minor league seasons without appearing in a Dodger uniform at the MLB level, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 23, 1958 for three players, including outfielder Rip Repulski.[2] The Phillies gave Anderson their starting second base job, and he spent what would be his one full season in the major leagues in 1959. However, he batted only .218 in 152 games, with no home runs and 34 runs batted in, and returned to the minor leagues for the remainder of his playing career.
He played the next four seasons with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International League,[3] where Leafs owner Jack Kent Cookespotted Anderson’s leadership qualities and encouraged him to pursue a career in managing.http://www.youtube.com/v/euE20MBSokM?fs=1&hl=en_US

Minor leagues

In 1964, at the age of 30, Anderson accepted Cooke’s offer to manage the Leafs. He later handled minor league clubs at the Class A and Double-A levels, including a season (1968) in the Reds’ minor league system.
During this period, he managed a pennant winner in four consecutive seasons: 1965 with the Rock Hill Cardinals of the Western Carolinas League, 1966 with the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Florida State League, 1967 with the Modesto Reds of the California League and 1968 with the Asheville Tourists of the Southern League. It was during the 1966 season that Sparky’s club lost to Miami 4–3 in 29 innings, which remains the longest pro game played (by innings) without interruption.[5]
He made his way back to the majors in 1969 as the third-base coach of the San Diego Padres during their maiden season in the National League. Just after the 1969 season ended, California Angels manager Lefty Phillips, who as a Dodger scout had signed the teenaged Anderson to his first professional contract[6], named Anderson to his 1970 coaching staff.

Cincinnati Reds

“Sparky Who?”

But within days of being hired in Anaheim, he was offered the opportunity to succeed Dave Bristol as manager of the Reds. His appointment reunited Anderson with Reds’ general manager Bob Howsam, who had hired him as a minor-league skipper in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati organizations. Anderson was named the Reds manager on October 8, 1969. Since he was a relative unknown in the sports world, headlines on the day after his hiring read “Sparky Who?”[7] Nonetheless, Anderson led the Reds to 102 wins and the National Leaguepennant in 1970,[8] although they lost the 1970 World Series in five games to the Baltimore Orioles. It was during this season that the Reds came to be widely known as The Big Red Machine, a nickname they would carry throughout Anderson’s tenure.

The Big Red Machine

After an injury-plagued 1971 season in which the team finished fifth,[8] the Reds came back and won another pennant under Anderson in 1972, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS, but lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. They took the National League Westdivision title again in 1973, but lost to the New York Mets in the NLCS.
After finishing a close second to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974, in 1975 the Reds blew the division open by winning 108 games. They swept the National League Championship Series and then edged the Boston Red Sox in a drama-filled, seven-game World Series. They repeated in 1976 by winning 102 games and ultimately sweeping the New York Yankees in the Series. Over the course of these two seasons, Anderson’s Reds compiled an astounding 14–3 record in postseason play against the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees, winning their last eight in a row in the postseason after triumphing against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, and then winning seven straight games in the 1976 postseason.
During this time, Anderson became known as “Captain Hook” for his penchant for taking out a starting pitcher at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen,[4][9] relying heavily on closers Will McEnaney and Rawly Eastwick.
When the aging Reds finished second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson was fired on November 27, 1978[9] by general manager Dick Wagner, who had taken over for Howsam a year earlier.[1] Wagner had wanted to “shake up” the Reds’ coaching staff, to which Anderson objected, leading to his dismissal as well.[9]
Under new manager John McNamara, the Reds won the division title again in 1979, but lost three straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates in theLeague Championship Series. They would not make the playoffs again until they won the World Series in 1990 by sweeping the heavily favored Oakland A’s.

Detroit Tigers

Anderson moved on to the young Detroit Tigers after being hired as their new manager on June 14, 1979. The Tigers became a winning club almost immediately, finishing above .500 in each of Sparky’s first three full seasons, but did not get into contention until 1983, when they won 92 games and finished second to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
In 1984, Detroit opened the season 35–5 (a major league record) and breezed to a 104–58 record (a franchise record for wins). On September 23, Anderson became the first manager to win 100 games with two different teams.[5] They swept the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and then beat the San Diego Padres in five games in the World Series for Anderson’s third world title. After the season, Anderson won the first of his two Manager of the Year Awards with the Tigers.[4]
Anderson’s Tigers finished in third place in both 1985 and 1986. With a 9–5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 29, 1986, Anderson became the first to achieve 600 career wins as a manager in both the American and National Leagues.[5]
Anderson led the Tigers to the majors’ best record in 1987, but the team was upset in the ALCS by the Minnesota Twins. He won his second Manager of the Year Award that year.[4] After contending again in 1988 (finishing second to Boston by one game in the AL East), the team collapsed a year later, losing a startling 103 games. During that 1989 season, Anderson took a month-long leave of absence from the team as the stress of losing wore on him. First base coach Dick Tracewski managed the team in the interim.[10]
In 1991, the Tigers finished last in batting average, first in batting strikeouts and near the bottom of the league in most pitching categories, but still led their division in late August before settling for a second-place finish behind the rival Toronto Blue Jays.
During his managerial career, Anderson was known to heap lavish praise on his ballplayers when talking to the media. He declared Kirk Gibson “the next Mickey Mantle,” which he later acknowledged may have put too much pressure on Gibson early in his career. He said Mike Laga, who played for him in 1984, would “make us forget every power hitter who ever lived.”[11] He also said Johnny Bench (who played for him in Cincinnati) “will never throw a baseball as hard as Mike Heath” (a catcher who played for him in Detroit).
Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995,[5] reportedly disillusioned with the state of the league following the 1994 strike that had also delayed the beginning of the 1995 season. It is widely believed that Anderson was pushed into retirement by the Tigers, who were unhappy that Sparky refused to manage replacement players during spring training in 1995. In an interview on Detroit’s WJR radio after his retirement, Anderson said he had told his wife that season, “If this is what the game has become, it don’t need me no more.”
He finished with a lifetime record of 2,194–1,834, for a .545 percentage and the sixth most wins for a Major League manager.[1] He spent the larger portion of his career managing the Tigers (1970–78 with the Reds, 1979–95 with the Tigers), but he won two World Series with the Reds and one with the Tigers.

[edit]Post-managerial work

Both during his tenure with the Tigers, and for a time thereafter, Anderson did some television work as a baseball commentator. From 1979 to1986 (with the exception of 1984 of course), Anderson was often paired with Vin Scully and later Jack Buck on CBS Radio‘s coverage of the World Series. From 1996 to 1998, he was a color analyst for the Anaheim Angels‘ cable television broadcasts.
While still in Detroit, Sparky founded the charitable organization CATCH (Caring Athletes Teamed for Children’s and Henry Ford hospitals) in 1987. He continued to support and participate in the charity well into his retirement.[12]


Anderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000. Although he managed 17 seasons in Detroit and just 9 seasons in Cincinnati, his Hall of Fame plaque has him wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. He chose to wear the Reds cap at his induction in honor of former GM Bob Howsam, who gave Anderson his first chance at a major-league managing job.[1] Before his induction, Anderson had refused to go inside the Hall because he felt unworthy, saying “I didn’t ever want to go into the most precious place in the world unless I belonged.”[4]In his acceptance speech he gave a lot of credit to his players, saying there were two kinds of managers, “One, it ain’t very smart. He gets bad players, loses games and gets fired. There was somebody like me that I was a genius. I got good players, stayed out of the way, let ’em win a lot, and then just hung around for 26 years.”[1] He was very proud of his Hall induction, “I never wore a World Series ring … I will wear this ring until I die.”[1]
Anderson was also inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame the same year. On May 28, 2005, during pre-game ceremonies inCincinnati, Anderson’s jersey number, #10, was retired by the Reds. A day in Anderson’s honor was also held at Detroit’s Comerica Parkduring the 2000 season. His number with the Detroit Tigers, #11, has been inactive since he retired in 1995, but has not been formally retired.
On June 17, 2006, Anderson’s number was retired by the Fort Worth Cats, for whom Anderson had played in 1955.[13] In 2007, Anderson was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series for both a National League and American League team. Either manager in the 1984 Series would have been the first to win in both leagues, since San Diego Padres (NL) manager Dick Williams had previously won the series with the Oakland Athletics (AL) in 1972 and 1973. Williams’ 1972 club had defeated Sparky Anderson’s Reds club.
Anderson’s accomplishment was equalled in the 2006 World Series, when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa — who had previously won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989, and who considers Anderson his mentor — led his team to the title over the Detroit Tigers. Coincidentally, having won a championship while managing the Florida Marlins in 1997, Tigers manager Jim Leyland could have achieved this same feat had the Tigers defeated La Russa’s Cardinals in the 2006 World Series. During that series, Anderson threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2 at Comerica Park, the Tigers’ home park.
In 2006, construction was completed on the “Sparky Anderson Baseball Field” at California Lutheran University’s new athletic complex.
On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Anderson had been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks home because of his deteriorating dementia condition.[14] Anderson died at the age 76 on Thursday, November 4, 2010 in Thousand Oaks.[4] He is survived by his wife Carol, sons Lee and Albert, daughter Shirley Englebrecht, and nine grandchildren.[4]
  • In 1979, Sparky guest-starred as himself on an episode of (appropriately enough) WKRP in Cincinnati. The episode (titled “Sparky”), features Anderson as a talk-show host on the fictional station. Eventually Sparky is let go, which causes him to say, “I must be crazy. Every time I come to (Cincinnati) I get fired!”
  • Anderson appeared as himself in The White Shadow season 3 episode “If Your Number’s Up, Get it Down” in 1980. Falahey introduces him to Coolidge, but Coolidge replies with “Sorry you lost, but I voted for you.” Coolidge mistakenly thought he was 1980 independent presidential candidate John Anderson.
  • Anderson appeared as himself in the 1983 Disney Channel movie Tiger Town.

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Eugénie Blanchard French supercentenarian, world’s oldest person has died she was , 114,

Anne Eugénie Blanchard  was a Frenchsupercentenarian, who at the age of 114 years, 261 days was the oldest living person at the time of her death. She became the recognised titleholder upon the death of Japanese supercentenarian Kama Chinen on 2 May 2010. At the time of her death, Blanchard was (and still is) the 33rd oldest person ever verified, the 3rd oldest verified French person ever and theoldest verified person ever from the island of Saint Barthélemy (administratively and legally a part of Guadeloupe from 1878 until 2007), which is an overseas collectivity of France.

(16 February 1896 – 4 November 2010)

Blanchard was born in the Merlet neighborhood of St. Barths on 16 February 1896.[1] She was born only 18 years after the former Swedishisland of St. Barths was sold back to France. Blanchard was last survivor of thirteen brothers and sisters.[1]

Blanchard moved to Curaçao in May 1923, where she became a Catholic nun of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Roosendaal on the island.[2] She adopted the name Sister Cyria during her years with the order, but earned the nickname “Sweets” due to her treatment of others, according to Victorin Lurel, the President of the Regional Council of neighboring Guadeloupe.[1] Other reports have indicated that Curaçaoan children called her “Douchy,” which is derived from “Dushi” meaning “sweets” or “candy” in Papiamento, the creole language of Curaçao, because she worked as a sweet seller.[2]
Blanchard remained with the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Roosendaal on Curaçao until August 1955, when she returned to Saint Barthélemy at the age of 60.[1][2] She resided alone with her cat until she moved to a hospital nursing home in 1980 at the age of 84 due to declining health.[1][2]
Blanchard was described as generally in good health during her later years, despite the loss of her eye sight and her ability to speak.[1][2]She died in Saint Barth’s on 4 November 2010, at the age of 114.
She was succeeded as the oldest verified person in the world by American Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, Texas.[1]

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