Friday, February 11, 2011

Chuck Tanner

More sad news... Chuck Tanner died today. He was 82. Chuck is best known for leading the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series title. I will always remember him as Dick Allen's favorite baseball manager, I saw today that someone called him "The Dick Allen whisperer". Tanner had over 1,3000 wins as a manager of four different major league teams.

A couple of interesting things about Chuck Tanner:
* He hit a HR on the first pitch he saw in his first MLB at bat, he was pinch hitting for Warren Spahn.
* As the manager of the Oakland Athletics, he was traded to the Pirates for catcher Manny Sanguillen.
* His mother died the day of Game 5 of the 1979 World Series. He stayed with the team, telling them ""My mother is a great Pirates fan, She knows we're in trouble, so she went upstairs to get some help." The Pirates came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship.

"Everyday was a great day, When we won, we beat the greatest players in the world. The second greatest thing was that you lose because you've had the chance to play against the best players in the world."

God Bless his family ... Thanks for the memories Mr. Tanner. Rest in Peace.


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