Former Pirates Manager Chuck Tanner Has Died

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner has died. He was 82.

Tanner, who hailed from New Castle, was with the team from 1977 to 1985. During his tenure, he led the Bucs to the 1979 World Series. Tanner also held management positions with the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Oakland A’s.

During his eight-season career as a player, he played with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Braves and Indians.

Former player Dave Parker talked about Tanner on the Seibel, Starkey, and Miller Show on 93-7 The FAN. He said Chuck was like a father to him.

“He was one of those guys that – a little like Stargell. If you couldn’t like Chuck Tanner, you couldn’t like anyone,” Parker said.

“Everybody respected Chuck and loved Chuck in the manner that he got instant respect and he let guys govern each other,” he added.

Phil Garner also spoke about Tanner’s passing with Seibel, Starkey and Miller.

“Chuck’s at the big ballpark in the sky – guarantee you he’s up there patting somebody on the back saying, ‘Hey, you’re doing okay man, you’re gonna be alright,’” he said. “So I’m sure he’s patting God on the knee and saying, ‘Hang in there God. Things are gonna be good.’”

Former Pirate Jim Rooker talked with Rose and Paul on the KDKA Afternoon News on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA about Chuck’s life and legacy.

“There are so many things you can say about Chuck,” Rooker said. “No. 1 is what a positive person he was.”

“He could handle players,” he continued. “He could put you in a mindset, in a frame of mind – not only did he really believe in you, you believed in him.”

Lanny Frattere, Steve Blass, and Bob Walk joined Robert Mangino on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA to share their memories.

Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm reacted to the news on Twitter:

“We lost an unbelievable man today in Chuck Tanner he will be missed by all. I loved every conversation I was able to have with him. RIP”

Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement that Tanner was a class act.

“Chuck was much more than a highly successful Major League manager who guided the Pirates to the World Series Championship in 1979, he was an integral and loved member of the Pirates family, most recently serving as a Senior Advisor to General Manager Neal Huntington. Chuck will be deeply missed by everyone within the Pirates family.”

Tanner’s son, Bruce Tanner, released a statement on behalf of the family.

“The Tanner family would like to express their sincere thanks to friends, fans, and the entire baseball community for their thoughts and prayers during Chuck’s recent illness.”

“He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, and a good friend to every life he touched. In baseball we will remember his eternal optimism and his passion for the game.”

“The family is asking for privacy at this difficult time.”

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(Source: Pittsburgh Pirates)

  • Mon River Towing

    They dont make em like Chuck anymore…unfortunately. Such a kind, happy, interesting man who loved baseball.

  • Tracey

    We could sure use someone like him now, RIP Chuck Tanner, you will always be remembered fondly.

  • David

    Thank you, Chuck…not just for winning baseball games, but for your ability to make a difference in people’s lives. My attitude was shaped by your example and I thank you.

  • Mary Ann Merranko

    I will always remember how proud I was of the Pirates and Chuck Tanner while on vacation in Hawaii in October 1979. Watching the series on television was especially fun because the majority of people in our group were from Baltimore, MD. There were several others in the group from New Castle and we all delighted in the Pirates victory over Baltimore…singing along to “We Are Family” and just loving the moment. Chuck Tanner is a legend and a class act all the way! We will miss him at PNC Park and spring training! Rest in Peace Chuck and my deepest sympathies to his family and friends. The Pirates have another angel in heaven now watching over and guilding them!

  • Shannon Nutt

    Retire Chuck’s number, Frank Coonelly! It’s not like we’ve had many deserving to retire in recent years.

  • castnbash

    Its a sad day for new Castle and a Sad day for MLB , Chuck was not only a credit to his hometown and to his sport but he was a credit to mankind .. RIP Chuck hope to shake your hand again one day at that Ballpark in the sky

  • Donna Straugh

    Chuck Tanner was truly one of a kind. His contributions to the Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh will NOT be forgotten. RIP Chuck – we need another manager like you were to bring our Pirates back.

  • Roman

    I can hear the crack of the bats now in Heaven. And Chuck right there wavin them on to home plate.

  • Patricia Cuban

    Chuck Tanner was nice to everyone. RIP Chuck because I know you are in heaven with Danny Murtaugh.

  • Ray Smith

    Pittsburgh lost the best manager in Pirates baseball history, Chuck Tanner, he was one of the best in the 70’s and all time baseball, thanks Chuck we will all miss you

  • Michael Lehman

    rest in peace chuck,you were the man

  • Big Daddy Kahuna

    RIP Mr. Tanner. Thank you for everything. Pittsburgh loves you!

  • Mike Murphy

    He was one of my managers. I fondly remember the ’79 WORLD CHAMPIONS PITTSBURGH PIRATES! God bless Chuck Tanner; my condolences to the Tanner Family.

  • John Agapito Auburn KY

    I was a 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates usher. I will miss you, Chuck.

  • Danny

    What memories the name Chuck Tanner brings to me! Sitting outside on the porch with my father watching the Pirates play! I hope you two get to meet each other in heaven.

  • Tim Crytzer

    Chuck was “What is Right with Sports; when it is Right”. Chuck would carry a converstation with everyone’ regardless if he had known you. Baseball and the Pirates lost a “Great Baseball Person”; more importantly, the world has lost a “Better Man”!!! God Bless You and Your Family Chuck!!! May you Rest in Peace in Heaven!!!

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