Over Chuck Tanner’s 17-year managing career he spent time with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. On Friday, Tanner died at the age of 82.
The Pirates said Tanner’s family informed them of his death on Friday at his home in New Castle, Pa., after a long illness.
Tanner managed the Pirates to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history. His crowning achievement came in 1979, when his We Are Family Pirates rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles for the World Series championship.
Facing elimination in Game 5, Tanner awoke that morning to learn his mother had died in a nursing home. He remained with the team, made all the right moves, and the Pirates outscored the Orioles 15-2 in sweeping the final three games.
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