Sparky Rodinderson

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Sparky Rodinderson hanging in the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati

It's local humor. George Lee "Sparky" Anderson was manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1970 to 1978 during the heyday of "The Big Red Machine." He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in July of 2000.

I was creating sculptures to be auctioned to raise funds for a non-profit organization. All of the sculptures were supposed to be created out of baseball bats. So I combined Rodin's "Thinker" with "Sparky" Anderson, the most famous baseball manager Cincinnati ever had.

Aesthetically it needed contrast. Sisal hair did it. So I quipped that if historical justification was needed, then this covers the period after Sparky Anderson left Cincinnati, became plagued with doubt and started following Diogenes. It was in all the papers. Didn't you read about it? Well, perhaps it got more coverage in other cities.

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