Friday, February 11, 2011

Chuck Tanner dead at 82

He was a great guy-

Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner died today. He was 82.

Tanner, a New Castle native, led the Pirates to the 1979 World Series title and had a 711-685 record with the club from 1977-1985.

"Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity. While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in general," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement released by the team this afternoon.

Mr. Tanner also managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and Atlanta Braves in a managerial career that spanned from 1970-1988.

Mr. Tanner had been working in a senior advisory position to the Pirates in recent seasons.

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