Former White Sox Manager, Tanner Dead At 82

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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  • Dan Rakow

    I like to send My Prayers and Thought to Chuck Tanner and his Family as they go through this difficult time period.

    I am very proud that Chuck came to the South Siders at the time when the White Sox were very much being outcasted by Chicago Baseball Fans However I bought a Sucessful Season 1972 only to be runner up to the Team that Dominated during Early-Mid 1970’s Oakland Athletics.

    Also I’m very proud for what he did with the Pittsburgh Pirates when they were in the World Series in the “We Are Family” Team back in 1979 when they Bucos were down 3-1 and won 3 Games to capture Pirates World Series which was their last and I’m glad it was done at the time when Chuck was playing with a Heavy Heart with the Passing of his Mother.

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