The job Chuck Tanner did with the 1979 Pirates will be remembered by Pirates fans forever.

Rest In Peace Chuck Tanner

Chuck Tanner passed away today.

Kelsey posted this on YouTube three years ago. I feel awful for her and the Tanner family today. I’m sure many of you feel the same.

Tanner played for eight seasons from 1955 to 1962 with four different teams in the big leagues. Tanner batted .261 with 21 home runs. While with the Braves, Tanner hit a home run in his first career at-bat on April 12, 1955, the only Braves player to accomplish the feat in Milwaukee.

He was more well known as a manager. He managed the Chicago White Sox to a 401 – 414 record over five years. He had a solid season with the Oakland A’s including an 87-74 record and was traded to Pittsburgh for Manny Sanguillen. While skipper of the Bucs Tanner’s teams had a record of 711-685.

The most memorable season was 1979 when the Bucs took down the Baltimore Orioles and their solid pitching staff in seven games. Tanner would finish up his managerial career with the, ugh…. Atlanta Braves from 1986-1988.

We never had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Tanner.  If you have, feel free to tell us a story to cheer everyone up in the comments.

Wiki

A cool link to the MLB video with Bob Costas recalling the 1979 Bucs. Well worth the click:

 

Some fans rip the Bucs for celebrating their past success while the current club struggles.  On days like today, we don’t think it’s that bad of an idea.  Look how proud and happy the skipper looks in the picture below. 

Rest in peace.

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  • jmarter

    A name & face that will always give me fond memories of being a Pirates fan. Thank you Skipper.