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Sparky Anderson was miserable. Sleepless nights. Constant worry. Fear of being strung up on the center field flagpole at Tiger Stadium (no joke). Ghoulish thoughts of bitter disappointment. Yep, the Tigers’ 1984 World Championship season almost wrecked the team’s manager. The ‘89 season of 103 losses almost wrecked him too. When Sparky took a few weeks off during the season due to mental exhaustion he said: “I ain’t never lost no 100 games before.” But 1984? It was nearly poison to him. It was before a game in Detroit during that wire-to-wire ‘84 campaign when Sparky, speaking candidly to a reporter, pointed to the famous, in-play flagpole in deep center field. “See that pole? They’ll be hanging me from it if we don’t win this thi ...

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