The first celebrity interview I ever did was with Sparky Anderson.
I got my freelance start doing book reviews (surprise, surprise), which led to author interviews, which led me to Anderson, who had just come out with They Call Me Sparky (1998). As one might expect in the presence of greatness, I was a bit nervous, but he couldn’t have been nicer or more generous with his time. At one point he remarked that he thought small market media writers and broadcasters should get the same consideration as those from major markets.
Dan Ewald, who was co-author on that book as well as Sparky! and Bless You Boys: Diary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 Season, has just published Sparky and Me: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life, a touching memoir that reinforces my limited experience with the Hall of Fame manager who died in November, 2010. We all would be blessed to have that one special friend in our lives.
(My review of the book appears on Bookreporter.com.)
I spoke with Ewald recently about their relationship and the challenges of writing such a personal account.