Chuck Tanner Dies - Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Legend

By: John Lester - Staff Writer
Feb 11, 2021

Chuck Tanner Dies - Pittsburgh Pirates manager legend. Chuck Tanner, who led the Pirates to a World Series Champsion in 1979, dies at the age of 82. He also served as a manager for three other major league teams before retiring from baseball.

“Chuck was a class act and an integral and loved member of the Pirates family,” stated Pirates president Frank Coonelly. “No one had a sharper baseball mind.”

Tanner played parts of eight seasons in the majors in addition to managing the White Sox, Athletics and Braves. However, he will always be most strongly tied to the Pirates. He was Pittsburgh’s manager from 1977-85, and his one trip to the playoffs was memorable.

He guided the “We Are Family” Pirates to a 98-64 record in 1979, followed by a sweep of the Reds in the NLCS and a taut seven-game victory over the Orioles in the World Series. That was the only time he reached the playoffs in parts of 19 seasons as a manager, which began in 1970 with the White Sox. He led Chicago through 1975, then spent the following season in Oakland before heading back home to Pittsburgh.

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