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May 15, 2013
Chuck was truly a gentleman. We saw him all the time at the restaurant. We do miss you.
October 12, 2011
I remember watching the 1979 World Series with my dad. I was so impressed with Chuck Tanner's grace and humility as I watched Pittsburgh take the championship. Thanks for the memories Mr. Tanner. My dad is 87 now and we still talk about that series and what a great guy you are.
April 29, 2011
I am displace pittsburgh sports fan for life no matter where i live the burgh will hold a special place in my heart for sports
lets all sign for chuck we are family i got all my sisters with me. 79 will always be the biggest pirates year beside loosing roberto clemente
rip chuck
April 03, 2011
A big part of my childhood was watching the Pirates as often as possible and the fondness I had for him as the manager. As an adult, there was always warmth felt whenever he would be seen at a Pirates game. Thanks for 79' Chuck and the many enjoyable years in Pittsburgh.
March 31, 2011
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Tanner family & very many friends wherever they may be. Chuck Tanner was always one class act whom we will never forget. God bless one & all. Take care.
February 24, 2011
i have read all the messages,i probably knew chuck( we called him lefty in school) longer than most,we went to high school ( shenango)together,when he came home from his off season i was still in school & he would come to high school,play catch with me & give me some good baseball advice,i pitched for the team,he was always there for me & others.lot of people out there didn't know chuck was a basketball & football star in high school.i met his son bruce & wife in ca. when he was the pitching coach for the mavericks,nice guy to. i also went to school with babs.,chuck's wife & brother bill.i was proud to be his friend.. WHAT A GUY..
ED SPEZZA, SPRING VALLEY LAKE,CALIFORNIA
February 19, 2011
My sincere condolence to the Tanner Family. Chuck was my manager when I played for the 1964 Quad City Angels in Davenport Iowa. He was loved by his players and fans in Davenport. His influence on me at 21 years old contributed to my successful career after baseball.

Bill Mette ( Merritt Island, Fl)
February 19, 2011
Chuck spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1957 world champion Milwaukee Braves, held in Milwaukee in 2007. He was so humble and sincere. We old-time Braves fans will never forget him.

Bob Buege, Milwaukee, WI
February 18, 2011
Bruce and Tanner Family,
So sorry for your loss. A true Spokesman for Baseball,the Pirates and the City of New Castle. Eternal peace. May God grant you and your family comfort.

Rick & Renee Parry
West Palm Beach, Florida
February 17, 2011
Dear Tanner Family,
I just learned of your fathers passing on a post by Jay Paterno on facebook containg a very nice photo and story. My sincere condolence on your loss. I met him in the mid 70's at PSU when Brent was there. He was kind enough to give me a signed Oakland A's hat. I have always remembered him fondly as being a very kind man. I've not seen Brent in many years. Hello to Brent and sincere condolence from the Baer family.
February 17, 2011
Dear Tanner family,
Just learned of the passing of your father. My sincerest sympathies on your loss. I lived in the Clarion area in the 70's & was a huge Pirates fan. I still go & see some spring training games in Bradenton every year, even though we haven't had a Champion since your father took them there. Blessings
February 16, 2011
My sincerest sympathies to Chuck's family. He was certainly one of the most warm and friendly individuals I have ever met as well as a great manager. He always had time for fans and to sign an autograph. May he rest in peace
February 16, 2011
Dear Tanner Family:
Chuck was such great man. My father was thumbing to get a ride home from Sheet And Tube. Chuck game him a ride home and even gave him his autograph. Chuck was raised in the South New Castle Boro area, and we lived there. Thank you Tanner family, he was a great gift to the game of baseball...especially the Pirates
February 16, 2011
Dear Tanner family,
I've just learned of your father's death. My father and uncle, Cliff and Dale Robb knew your Dad. My parents and I would go to Tanner's when I visited and I had always hoped that I would one day meet your father. A year ago my aunt and I were walking out of Tanner's when I heard my aunt say "Hi lefty"...I looked over and there was your father smiling and waving us over...I was finally going to meet Chuck Tanner! We spoke for a few mintues about my father, uncle and another "lefty" I knew, John O'Rourke. It was a great meeting him, he was so gracious to us. He gave so many of us New Castle natives a lot of excitement. My sympathy to all of you and your families.
February 16, 2011
I go to Spring Training to watch the Pirates since I live in Tampa. My parents were born & raised in Pgh but moved to CT where they were loyal Pirate Fans. I remember visiting my Gram Kelly during baseball season and her watching their games on TV. RIP Mr. Tanner. Thanks for being part of Baseball History.
February 15, 2011
My sincere sympathies to the Tanner family on the loss of your father, Chuck. We were teammates starting in 1949 with the Denver Bears, and then again in the 50's in Milwaukee. He was a great guy and I am pleased to call him a friend these many years. Sincerely, Ernie Johnson, SR.
February 15, 2011
In my younger years in Pittsburgh I grew up with pirate baseball and I was at several of the games in 79 and there were no greater baseball memories than the 60 and 79 Pirates We will miss a wonderful Pittsburgher and a real Pirate. Chucks memory will live on in the minds of the fans in Pittsburgh and those who really knew what real baseball was all about. God Bless the Tanner Family
February 15, 2011
Dear Tanner Family - I grew up in Chicago and always wanted to thank your Dad (a true gentleman) for bringing Dick Allen to Chicago in 1972 and making a wonderful summer of baseball on the South Side. God bless him and you.
February 15, 2011
dear tanner family, your dear father and I shared the same birtday. i had the pleasure in sitting beside him for many a Pirate game. It will be very hard not seeing him.

Jacque corll and family
February 15, 2011
Lighting a candle
February 14, 2011
Dear Tanner family,

It is with great sorrow I send my families prayers and thoughts during this time. Mr. Tanner was a wonderful and very approachable man. He sat with us "average" people at PNC which endeared him even more to us. We had the pleasure of meeting and sitting with him at many games over the past years and I know those at PNC will miss him. It won't be the same without him. We are from Mentor, OH and I lost my husband (Pirates Fan) in 2009. I will always remember him coming back from concessions to tell me Mr. Tanner actually talked to him like he was a member of the Tanner family. Something my husband never forgot. My boys and I want to be there on Tuesday but were afraid of driving up 2 hours and not being able to get in. Again our prayers and wishes are with the Tanner family.

The Hyclak's of Cleveland (Priscilla, Raymond & Ryan)
February 14, 2011
Brent, we are remembering your family during this most difficult time.
February 14, 2011
I played for the Cleveland Indians, and have very special memories of Chuck.My condolences to all the Tanner family.I know the family of Baseball players will miss you.Frank DeCastris Rockford Illinois
February 14, 2011
I grew up in the seventies watching Chuck Tanner and my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. He made me proud to be a Pirate fan. I still have to this day an autographed baseball with Willie Stargell Al Oliver and Rennie Stennett. That has very special memories to me and I have your father to thank for that. My condolences to all the Tanner family and We are Family nation rest in peace Chuck. (Michael Martin Roanoke,VA) Formerly of Erie PA
February 14, 2011
The '79 series was the first series i ever watched when i was eleven years old great memories i will never forget.my condolences to the tanner family. Dennis prochazka(Topeka,KS)
February 14, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Our sincere condolences. Acts 24:15
February 14, 2011
Brent,
Our paths crossed while at Penn State. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your father.
February 14, 2011
Chicago would have have been able to save our White Sox had it not been for Mr. Tanner. God Bless him, and hold him in the palm of his hand
February 14, 2011
I was always proud to say I grew up near the Tanners and always thought what a wonderful family there are. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences and prayers.
February 14, 2011
Mr.Tanner was a true baseball and Pittsburgh legend.Thanks for the memories.May he rest in peace.
February 13, 2011
We will never forget the times that we shared with Mr. Tanner who we had the honor of meeting through a dear co-worker from our place of employment. Mr. Tanner left us with so many great memories such as his generosity in giving us many complimentary tickets to Pirates' games, shared time at his home watching games and especially reminiscing about the "We are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates, but the best of Mr. Tanner was his smile and laugh. On many occasions, we would join him at his seat in Three Rivers Stadium. It's ironic that the day Mr. Tanner passed away marked the 10-year anniversary of that Stadium's implosion. We will always proudly display the autographed photo of himself which he presented to us from the '79 Series. Mr. Tanner was a gentle man who loved his family, the game of baseball, and everyone who came in contact with him. He never let fame change him, because that just wasn't him. Rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus, and now that you are reunited with your beloved wife, we know that you are once again whole and happy! We are so proud to have had you touch our lives. As we continue to follow the Pirates, we will always be reminded of your presence. especially the last time we saw you at a game at PNC Park. We will look up at the sky and whisper a prayer for you. You will sorely be missed by us, dear man! Our deepest condolences are extended to your family. God Speed, Mr. Tanner and enjoy each and every Pirates' game from Heaven where you will always have the best seat with the best view! Thank you for being "our friend"!
February 13, 2011
Our sincere condolences to the Tanner family. As fans we knew him from afar, but his influence upon his team, organization, and baseball in general was easily noticed. While most of us as Pirates faithful did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr Tanner, I am sure that all written accounts of his personality and comporture are surely not exaggerated. By all accounts Mr Tanner was a fine family man, and deserving of any and all accolades. The City of Pittsburgh, and all who delighted in the accomplishments of Mr Tanner are surely saddened by his passing. RIP Chuck, You leave us with great memories.

Legions of unnamed Pirates fans
February 13, 2011
Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed by all. Thanks Chuck for a well done job with the Bucs.
February 13, 2011
He was allways so friendly to talk with at the Pirates fantasy camp and during spring training. What an ambassador for the game. This future Hall of Fame manager will be truly missed by all those whom had the chance to meet him. He was truly a players manager whom let the players be at their best and had the confidance that they would give 100 percent in any given situation. Thank you for all the great memories. I will think of you every year at the Pirates fantasy camp and hope they name the newest field at Pirate City in your honor.
February 13, 2011
My condolences to the family and friends of Mr.Tanner. I was a young mother living in California at the time of the 1979 World Series. Being born and raised in my favorite city of Pittsburgh, it was with great excitement to see my team in the series. My youngest son was 3 yrs. old then, and he and I would sing "we are family', and march around the living room yelling 3 more outs...2 more...Wonderful memories, thanks to Chuck Tanner and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. May he rest in peace.
February 13, 2011
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
February 13, 2011
Tanner Family sorry for your lose I just wanted to tell you all thanks for everything that Mr. Tanner had done with the pirates ball club.As a young teenage fan of the team and Mr. Tanners. My brother would drive us two hours to watch Chuck's BUCS thanks for the memories you made for me and my brother
February 13, 2011
Chuck Tanner was one of my favorite managers of White Sox, he always seemed to be so encouraging and optomistic with the players.
February 13, 2011
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Tanner family.I remember at time I saw Chuck following a Pirates game. I was with some friends that evening and after the game Chuck talked to me and my friends like we were family. I stopped to visit Chuck one day a few years ago while visiting New Castle and he was busy with baseball business. I sent him a follow up letter to explain why I stopped.I wanted to request from him his autograph for my three son in laws as they are big baseball fans. I told them I knew Chuck and played ball with his sons when I lived in New Castle. Chuck mailed me a package one day with four authographed and personailzed pictures for each son in law and one for myself. I was so impressed as this clearly stated the type of person Chuck Tanner was . I will always remember how he treated me and for the basbeall memories of the Pirate baseball years especially the year of the Family 1979 Worlds Series Champs. Thanks Chuck for all of the memories and God Bless the Tanner Family.
February 13, 2011
The man had a lot of class. He was the top of the pyramid in that memorable 79 Pittsburgh Pirates team. RIP Chuck Tanner.
February 13, 2011
February 13, 2011

Chuck brought hope and optimism to the South Side of Chicago after a disastrous 1970 season. The 1972 season was one of the few in a long era when it was fun to be a White Sox fan. Thanks, Chuck! Rest in peace.
February 13, 2011
Chuck, as a long time Pirate supporter and season ticket holder I always looked for you in the stands. Your presence made the day for not only the Pirates but for those you touched...God bless and rest in Peace Coach....Tex Ritter and family
February 13, 2011
I had the privlege of meeting Chuck a few times, mostly at his annual breakfast at the Croton Church. I was so impressed with how he treated me. It was like we were old friends. He was just a genuine individual who was in love with life. The entire community and the Pirate family will deeply miss him. My condolences to the Tanner family.
February 13, 2011
Always a friend and took time to talk, laugh and tell baseball stories. Will greatly miss his presence at the CT Resturant, etc.
February 13, 2011
Beyond being a great contributor to the game of baseball. Chuck Tanner lived his life as a great human being. May the light of Christ shine on his soul for all eternity
February 13, 2011
Feb. 13, 2011
Baseball was something foreign to me until I met Chuck's son Gary in the 1970's. And then I met his family and the world of the Pittsburgh Pirates was introduced to me. I actually went to see them play; something I would never have previously done. All these years later I watch the Pirates because of Chuck. What a manager he was; so exciting to watch a game he was in command of. Babs was such a wonderful woman and she and Chuck were always so welcoming to me and treated me with kindness. My thoughts go out to you Gary, and your brothers.
February 13, 2011
I met Chuck Tanner and his wife when I worked at the Suburban Restaurant in Hermitage. He and his wife were always very nice and friendly. He was a "regular" guy, yet very special to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I know I have fond memories - he was an awesome guy and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Mr. Tanner's family.
February 13, 2011
Along with Roland Hemond, Chuck Tanner was instrumental in resurrecting a dying Chicago White Sox franchise. He had an infectious smile, and was always upbeat. Thank you for helping keep our team in Chicago Chuck. My sympathy to the family.
February 13, 2011
Chuck Tanner was my favorite all time
Pirates Manager. He was a people person.
He was always upbeat with a smile on his
face. I been a Pirates Fan all my life.
My Dad took me too many games in the 1970s and 1980s. We are Family in 1979
still is my Favorite Pirates Season. Our Deepest Sympathies to the Tanner Family. May he rest in peace with Jesus
and his wife!
The Conroy Family
February 13, 2011
R.I.P Coach, thanks.
February 12, 2011
The days ahead will be long and lonely. When you feel the weight of sadness in your heart, remember all the wonderful times shared because a happy heart will bring laughter to the soul.
February 12, 2011
My mother worked with Chuck as a teenager at Kroger's in New Castle and always had nice things to say about him. Growing up at Neshannock High School, we always respected Chuck and his family. Our deepest sympathies to Gary Tanner and his family.
February 12, 2011
Deepest sympathy to the family. Met Mr. Tanner at the 50th
anniversary of the Milwaukee Braves World Series Victory.
I noted his first at bat home run and he commented "where
do you go after that!" He gave myself and Wisconsin great
memories.
February 12, 2011
Thanks Chuck For all you did for the Buc's and Western PA. We know your with your beloved Wife now. RIP #7
February 12, 2011
Heaven added another "Positive" angel to its team with the passing of our beloved Chuck Tanner! We Pittsburghers and members of the Pirates Family were sooo BLESSED to spend even 1 minute around Chuck. Talking about baseball, life or families you always came away a better, happier person having been in his presence. Thank you Chuck for all you did for the Pirates Family, Pittsburgh and Baseball. To Chuck's sons and families, THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful Dad with us all. Rest in Peace, Chuck, and enjoy your reunion with Babs and the rest of the Pirates family members who have gone before you! We will miss you Sir! Love and Prayers, Heidi
February 12, 2011
RIP Old school
February 12, 2011
I'll miss you, Chuck. You were the best manager of our beloved Pirates from 1977 to 1985. Third base coach Joe Lonnett brought me to the clubhouse to meet you, the coaches and players. I was about 9 years old. You were very friendly. I asked you to sign your autograph on the ball. The memory was the best to visit the chubhouse during 1977. Thank you so much for guiding the Pirates to the World Championship. You showed us that you really did care about the Pirates and the fans so much. I will never forget that I met you in the clubhouse. God Bless you!
February 12, 2011
May you rest in peace. We will always cherish the memories of the great Pirate years you were at the helm and we look back with respect on your leadership. Fondest of farewells to a great skipper!
February 12, 2011
Mark and Karen,
Mickey and I were sorry to read about your Dad in the Milwaukee Paper this morning. We remember a day when your Mom and Dad came to look at our Golden Retriever. Take care,
Alan and Mickey Holtz
February 12, 2011
My father, Tut Melman, had a dream that became reality when he co-founded the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. As someone who fell in love with the Pirates at the age of 4, it made me so proud that Chuck chose to honor us with his presence at our annual induction dinners. Chuck was never too busy to take a few minutes to speak with a fan or sign an autograph. He was not just a terrific manager - he was a kind, caring and generous man who will be missed, not just by Pirate fans of all ages, but by everyone whose life he touched.
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner was a special person in my childhood as I spent many a day at Municipal Stadium in Davenport, Iowa watching him coach the Quad-City Angels. He and my beloved Angels sparked an early love of baseball. Chuck Tanner was a class act. Rest in peace, Coach. Your fans, young and old, will miss you!
February 12, 2011
You gave us the best Pirates ever. Thanks for 1979. God bless.
February 12, 2011
As a White Sox fan, Mr. Tanner brought great joy to Chicago in the 1970s when he managed the team. And all the fans loved him.

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tanner at a Diamond Dinner in Chicago in 1975 at the old Sherman House Hotel in Chicago, and he was the most gracious person you would ever want to meet.
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner enriched my life by his sincere and genuine smile, optimistic outlook and a living example of how Chuck made you feel (the dignity of the person), and for this the world and baseball has been enriched by the life of a genuine human being. I have a sketch of Chuck, by Kevin John, framed and hanging in my apartment, including two framed photos - one at Three Rivers Stadium and one at the Rivers Club (2009), Oxford Center (a copy was sent to Chuck). Chuck, Babs and family will always hold a special place in my life and heart.
Chuck, may you have eternal rest and peace for a life well lived.
Father Bill Schwartz (called by Chuck "Big Guy")
February 12, 2011
Chuck was a great friend and confidant. All I can say is " God must have needed a Good Manager." Rest in Peace My Friend.
February 12, 2011
We will miss you Chuck, the "79 Pirates remain one of my best memories - and yes we rooted for you and the boys here in Toledo, Ohio. Now as then, We are family!
February 12, 2011
The Pittsburgh Pirates were blessed when Mr. Tanner was at the helm. Such happy memories of the "We Are Family" team and its special leader.

I wish happy memories to comfort all of Mr. Tanner's family, personally and professionally.
February 12, 2011
Your Florida neighbors are deeply saddened by this unexpected news. Baseball spring training won't seem the same for those of us who looked forward to Chuck's annual arrival.
February 12, 2011
With being a Lifelong Buccos fan from Y-town, Ohio; my brothers and I will never forget leaving Game 4 of the '79 Series and still believing in this team. It was the optimisim of Chuck Tanner that was contagious to even us fans. RIP Coach Tanner, and my condolences to your family. Every Time I hear that "We are Fam-a-lee" song I think of my immediate family, and then the great '79 Pirates team. Good times!!
February 12, 2011
To the Tanner's Family:
After reading many comments on the guest book, it seems that he was a great man and a great manager. I know that he will missed dearly by many. Please accept my sincere condolence during this time of sorrow. May you find a measure of comfort and strength in God's promises found in Isaiah 33:24:
"And no resident will say: 'I am sick.' The people that are dwelling in the land will be those pardoned for their error."
God had promise that there will be no more sickness in the restored earth.
February 12, 2011
Chuck, you introduced my two young children to baseball in 1979. We will never forget going to Three Rivers Stadium and sitting in the outfield many summer nights and Sunday afternoons watching Stargell and the rest of the fam-a-lee work their magic. You were their leader, and you were the best. Rest in peace knowing you had a life well lived. Say hi to Willie for us!
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner,Symbolized all the Great things Baseball fans love.If anyone could be called a Players Manager,and a friend to Pirate Fans-it was Chuck Tanner.You had a whole City feeling like Champions under your Leadership.
Rest in Peace#7
May God Bless and Keep You
Mike Hoffman-Florida
February 12, 2011
I will never think of Chuck without a smile, for me he made baseball fun again with the joy of a little boy. I'm glad I knew him and we all richer because of him
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner was a very gracious and humble man. A year after he won the World Serices, he was at my home in Erie, Pa. with his son Mark, and had dinner with our three kids and my wife and I. I became friends with his son Mark, who at the time, was a Josten's sales representative. Chuck had agreed to come to Seneca High School, here in Erie, and talk to the baseball team and at no cost to anyone; he just truly liked everyone. While at the dinner table, Chuck took off his World Serise ring to show all of us and my one son, who was a great Pirate fan, got so nervous he tipped over his glass of milk and spilled it, particlaly, on Chuck...not a oproblem.
To this day we kid my son about the incident. May God bless Chuck in Heaven,his immediate family, and all his great friends.

Harry Aldrich family, Carol, Tom, Bob, and Linda. hrraldrich@gmail.com
February 12, 2011
I first met him when he played for the Atlanta Crackers and I was a young 17 year old. I cherish the memories.
February 12, 2011
I recall the late 50's when the Milwaukee Braves acquired Chuck as a 1st baseman to back up Joe Adcock. I was at the game when, on his first major league at bat, he nailed a home run in the right field bleachers. These many years later I still recall it.
Gene Poirier... Columbus, Ohio
February 12, 2011
Chuck was always an inspiration, always a friend, though I never met him personally. What has ever been in my thoughts about Chuck Tanner is that after listening to him, I always felt good about life. He had a gift from God to touch people's hearts and he blessed us all so well with that gift.
February 12, 2011
A truly great Chicago White Sox manager. Rest in peace Chuck.
February 12, 2011
I live in Texas now, but I remember when my kid was going to Westminster College, and you lived close by. I took my son and his room mate out to lunch. I was wearing my Pirate hat. Did not notice you were there but when you saw my hat, you came over and we had a nice baseball chat. Then you insist on picking up our check. Never forget you. God bless. what a wonderful man
February 12, 2011
Thank you for the memories and for enriching my life.
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner was the BEST Manager the Pirates ever had!
God Bless you Chuck!
February 12, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tanner a few times throught my life. Being a life long Pittsburgh Pirates fan, no words could express what meeting Mr. Tanner ment to me. He was a warm and very caring man. I think back to when he talked to you as an individual, it seems like he really took the time to get to know to you and seemed he really cared. The first time I met him was at PiratesFest in Pittsburgh in the mid 90's. The last time I met him, was at a spring training game in Bradenton, Florida. We sat and talked for a good 20 mins. He took pictures with me and signed my Pittsburgh Pirates encyclopedia. He even looked through the book for a few sitting and talking with me. We were the last ones to leave the stadium. He made you feel like you had been friends for 20+ years. This is a person that should never be forgotten. A wonderful baseball man but even a better human being. He was a great ambassodor for the Pittsburgh Pirates Family. When he talked about winning the World Series, the smile and joy brought to him was simply amazing. Peace be with you Mr. Tanner.
February 12, 2011
May you find peace and comfort in knowing he sufferes no more.
Strange how he died a week after Woodie Fryman (my cousin) who also played for the Pirates..
February 12, 2011
May your family find comfort in knowing he sufferes no longer, Strange his death comes a week after Woodie Fryman who also played for the Pirates (my cousin)
February 12, 2011
Thank you Mr Tanner for putting some of the best teams together in the 70's and 80's. Those Pirates teams were unforgettable as a young boy watching them. I am a lifelong St Louis Cardinals fan but i will never forget the 79 playoffs and World Series. You are a great person and will be missed. Rest In Peace Mr Tanner.
February 12, 2011
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
February 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 12, 2011
I retired to Bradenton Fl. because of the Pirates. I have talked to Chuck Tanner several tim es and found him to be one of the nicest persons I have ever met. He talked to me as if I was a good friend.My condolences to his Family. Tom Blahut
February 12, 2011
To the Tanner family: I was sorry to hear of Mr. Tanner's passing. He and my father played football together in high school and I grew up knowing or playing ball with most of you. It was always a pleasure to see your father when he would come to our games and he and Jim Snow would be there taking in the game. God bless you all. He was a great man and will be missed by many.
February 12, 2011
May God comfort you in your time of need. I believe my Daddy is being coached by him in heaven.
February 12, 2011
A class guy; always positive; never heard him say a bad word about anyone. May he rest in peace; and God Bless him.
February 12, 2011
TO THE ENTIRE TANNER FAMILY,
OUR HEARTFELT DEEPEST SYMPATHY. CHUCK WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. TWO FINAL WORDS TO DESCRIBE MR. TANNER......CLASS & INSPIRATION!!! YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS & IN OUR PRAYERS.
February 12, 2011
Memories of Chuck Tanner- my favorite player with the Atlanta Crackers in the early 50s (1954, I think) at Ponce de Leon Park…. seeing him climbing the right field wall with his glove over the plateau to make incredible catches and listening on the radio when he hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Milwaukee Braves.
February 12, 2011
Chuck managed my favorite team, the '72 White Sox. My main memory of Chuck is he never allowed his batters to swing at the first pitch the entire
season, and they almost took the pennant. Thanks for the thrills.
February 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Chuck's family,
May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you all.
February 12, 2011
"Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death
they would be asked two questions
and their answers would determine
whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, "Did you bring joy?"
The second was, "Did you find joy?"
-Leo Buscaglia

To the Chuck Tanner Family:

May you always know that a grateful Pirate nation thanks you. May the wonderful memories of the past sustain you in your time of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With sincere sympathy,

Mike Lustri
February 12, 2011
to the Tanner family..Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at your time of sorrow.We will miss him greatly.The Southern family ..Cindy,Marjorie and Jim
February 11, 2011
Even though it did not work out very well here in Atlanta, Mr. Tanner brought an optimism and enthusiasm that was much needed her. Slowly the seeds he had planted grew into magnificent fruit. I am so sorry for your loss.
February 11, 2011
To the the family of Chuck Tanner - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Chuck will be missed by many.
February 11, 2011
I never knew Tanner myself, but my grandfather Robert Stevenson (1915-2000) was in the local Civilian Conservation Corps with Tanner's father during the Great Depression, CCC 125. From what I could recall, Tanner and my grandfather remained close, and Tanner even gave my grandfather one of the old pinstripe Pirate hats. After my grandfather died, I got the hat, and I wore it the first time I went to PNC Park when the park first opened. The Pirates beat the Astros 3-0, the first shutout at the park and the fourth game overall. Obviously, the hat has seen better days and I don't wear it anymore, but I've kept it since. I was hoping to meet Tanner, living here in New Castle myself, but never got the chance to. My most sincere condolences to the Tanner family.
February 11, 2011
Rest in peace my friend.
Our friendship has not come to an end.
It was just extended until we meet again.
February 11, 2011
Chuck; Thanks for the memories. You and Tony Bartirome made me feel part of the team at the many years i visited Spring Training Frank Rinella Las Vegas
February 11, 2011
I really appreciated you being the Pirates manager as I was growing up Chuck.

I know I never got a chance to tell you that but maybe now you'll know.

Thank you for providing some of the best memories of my youth when you guided the Pirates.

I will miss you.
February 11, 2011
To Charles Tanner Family,

Our sincere and deepest sympathy with the loss of your beloved Chuck.

Chuck was a wonderful man and will always be remembered for the great memories that he and the Pittsburgh Pirates gave us. He will be greatly missed.

The world has lost a wonderful man. May God hold Chuck in the palm of His hand and give him peace and eternal rest.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time for you.

DeBerardinis Family
Donora, PA
February 11, 2011
Baseball has lost a truly wonderful man. Our family first met Chuck Tanner when he was the manager of the Hawaii Islanders in 1969 and 1970...when Dad was stationed by the Army in Hawaii. Mr. Tanner came to speak at our Little Little breakfast on a Sunday morning at 7:00 AM in the spring of 1970...an act of kindness I will never forget. I had other opportunities to run into Chuck during my days in professional baseball...he always had a good word for you and was forever the optimist. Mom, Dad and I met with Mr. Tanner at his restaurant in New Castle in late August of 2010...as my parents made the trip north to Pennsylvania...mainly for the chance to say hello to Chuck again. He treated us like gold and chatted baseball with us for over an hour and a half. Our lives are better because of having known Chuck Tanner. My condolences to his sons and their families. May your memories sustain you. May he rest in peace...
February 11, 2011
Chuck Tanner was my favorite player when he played for the Atlanta Crackers in the old Southern Assn. League. I followed his career and learned what a wonderful man he was in addition to being a great manager. It was such a joy when the Pirates won the World Series with "Family" team.
Thanks for the memories Chuch Tanner and my sincere sympathy to the family.
February 11, 2011
I was a 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates usher. I met him a few years ago and he gave me his autograph. Wow! Eternal rest, Chuck Tanner, from John in Kentucky.
February 11, 2011
There will probably never be another manager like Chuck Tanner. Today, all the guys follow some "book" that standardizes many tedious, and boring pitching changes in the later innings. It's robotic. Chuck Tanner managed from his gut. He used his brain. God has him now...rest in peace Chuck Tanner.
February 11, 2011
When I was a kid intern in 1982 for a radio station in Ambridge, I was assigned to cover a Pirates game and interview Chuck Tanner. He treated me like I was a 40 year veteran on the baseball beat. He loved Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. He was instrumental in developing Hall of Famers like Goose Goosage and he made some incredible moves with the Romo, Jackson, Tekulve bullpen the Milner-Robinson platoon in the "We Are Family" 1979 season that resulted in the Bucs Going All the Way. He won the Championship that season without a single starting pitcher that won more than 15 games. He was a class act, a guy that loved promoting the game of baseball and the Pirate Organization.
Ira M. Katz
Plantation, Florida
February 11, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
February 11, 2011
Had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times and when I heard the news of his passing, it felt like I lost a close relative. It is indeed a sad day for all those who bleed black and gold. We thank you Mr. Tanner for being such a positive influence to so many people over the course of your life. You will always be remembered fondly and not just for what you accomplished on a baseball diamond.
February 11, 2011
Thanks Chuck. Even though I am a Phillies fan I want to say thank you for some exciting ballgames during my childhood. I wish you Godspeed.
February 11, 2011
Loved you in Pittsburg and in Atlanta also. Just didn't have to much to work with here. Great Man for Baseball. God Bless you and your Family. dc from conyers
February 11, 2011
you were baseball the pirates were at their best when you wereyheir manager now you can keep an eye on them in heaven rip and to the family my prayers are with you.
February 11, 2011
Chuck converted me from a Phillies fan to a Pirates fan during those champion years... Base stealing was something I was never taught by Big Danny my mentor ...teach them that in Heaven Chuck
February 11, 2011
Thank you Chuck for some of the greatest baseball memories. There was never a classier manager in the game.
February 11, 2011
God Bless you Chuck. Thank you for leading "The Family" in 1979. You will be greatly missed!
February 11, 2011
Chuck was one of baseball's great managers. He will be missed.
February 11, 2011
Thank you Tanner family for sharing your father with us. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Your father was a great man when he smiled we all smiled.
February 11, 2011
Rest in Peace Mr Tanner!

I just can't find the words....

My condolences to the Tanner family!
February 11, 2011
As a life long Pirates fan, the '79 Bucs will always have a special place in my heart. It was my distinct pleasure to have met you two years ago, as I will forever remember your constant smile and joy for being around the game of baseball. The world is going to miss you!
February 11, 2011
Thank you Chuck for all that you've done for the Pirates orgaization. I will forever always remember that wonderful 1979 season. To this day the '79 team is my most favorite in all of sport and always will be. Your genuine optimism and enthusiasm for this franchise greatly influenced my love for Bucco baseball. I thank you for that. God bless your family.
February 11, 2011
Chuck Tanner was a great manager, but more then that he was a great man,never a bad word for anyone. He greeted players and fans with open arrms. Pittsburgh has truly lost a lifelong Pirate. My sincere sympathy to the entire Tanner family.
February 11, 2011
Chuck was a fine manager and an asset to every team he was a part of. RIP, and God bless the family and friends during this time of grief.
February 11, 2011
As a youngster I was lucky enough to have his 1955 Topps Baseball Card.
As an adult I was lucky to get Chuck to send an autograph in the mail even though I made a mistake I sent him a card of Jerry Lynch.
A class player and manager.
So long skip.
February 11, 2011
My condolences. I remember Chuck Tanner and I am sadden to learn of his passing. The world is a little darker without him.
February 11, 2011
A wonderful role model in baseball and more important, in life. We can all learn much from Coach Tanner's example. God bless you Chuck,and rest in peace. Sympathy to all who knew him. The Pirate Family has lost a legend. Thanks for the thrills from a lifelong Bucco fan!
February 11, 2011
Thanks, Chuck. You're responsible for more peoples happiness than anyone I know. You were an angel of confidence and feeling good about oneself, a rare gift indeed. Peace and good bye.
February 11, 2011
Chuck,
You were classic "old school" baseball...the way it should be. Give my best to Murtaugh and Clemente.
February 11, 2011
February 11, 2011
Chuck Tanner 1979 best year in Pittsburgh history He made us all family
February 11, 2011
You were the best coach the Bucs ever had.MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
February 11, 2011
Chuck Tanner was such an awesome person. He was so kind to everyone. He brightened up every life he touched. He will really be missed. There is no doubt that he is at heaven's door. My condolences to the Tanner family and his many friends who loved him so much.
February 11, 2011
Goodbye to a great manager and great man.
February 11, 2011
I grew up watching the Bucs in the 80's. Mr. Tanner, you were an inspiration!
February 11, 2011
Chuck,
Thanks for the wonderful memories, the chance to see genuine love for our National Pastime. Baseball, and I know I will miss that eternal smile of yours. You are the only one I believe could have a baseball for a heart, that is because you gave your heart to baseball. God Bless you Skipper! -Bobby Hurte
February 11, 2011
Thank you Chuck for a million wonderful memories in baseball, and even better memories of what it means to be a good father and husband.
February 11, 2011
It was a honor to met Mr. Tanner last year at Spring training, a joyful tear shed as I walked away and again today....

Thank you for the memories
February 11, 2011
my dad used to pitch the baseball to chuck while they were kids growing up in new castle, pa...one day, my dad took a bus trip in the 80's to see chuck's braves play in cleveland. my dad's friends didn't believe my dad's story about playing ball with chuck tanner. so my dad shouted out, "you can't hit the broad side of a barn!" and chuck turned and saw my dad and yelled out 'eddie james!!!' they had their picture taken together too. my dad was sooo happy that day! ? i'm sure they both up above playing catch-up ? he was a good man, a legend! God rest his soul
February 11, 2011
RIP Chuck thanks for coaching The Pirates bless u
February 11, 2011
I still remember 8 years old watching my first world series and we are family. It is a true loss, but everything I have heard about him he is a great man. To this day even though I live in Wisconsin I cheer for the Pirates.
February 11, 2011
Dear Tanner Family,

As a fellow New Castle-ite , I offer my condolences for the passing of Coach Tanner . He was a inspiration to me and many of my friends. May you have many fond memories.

Sincerely,
Kurt Menges
February 11, 2011
A Great man, friend and Manager while with the Braves...May God Bless your family. RIP
February 11, 2011
We will miss "dining and chatting"at the counter at tanner's. Our deepest sympathy to your loved ones. RIP with your beloved Babs.
February 11, 2011
I met Chuck and Barbara at a local pizza place in bradenton one sunday, we spent a few hours just talking about Pittsburgh. They were just a down to earth couple as you would expect if there was no fame involved. They sent me a terrible towel when they got back to pittsburgh, since they knew I moved out from the Burgh long ago.
Just GOOD PEOPLE.
My sympathy to the family.
February 11, 2011
I grew up knowing that Chuck was from our hometown. I got the chance to finally meet & talk to him a few years ago @ Spring training. What a class act. My family knew him pretty well, but Ii've been away in NCarolina for quite awhile, but enjoyed the 5 minutes I did get to talk to him. My Mother's family knew & grew up w/Chuck's family. RIP Chuck we miss you already. "We are Family!"
February 11, 2011
I will miss you skipper. You were the best manager ever for the Bucs! I will never forget that game nor will I ever forget you my friend. We are Family!! Rest in Peace and I'll remember you as an angel in the outfield come opening day.
February 11, 2011
I spent alot of time with Chuck, especially THE 1979 season. He was the most positive man i ever knew and Waa positive influence in my life. Chuck and I and Roy Fox would sit with Chuck in his office and discuss everything. He helped me thru some profession problems I was having at the time. My funniest memory was giving Chuck the biggest..smelliest cheapest cigaR i COULD BUY FOR $1.50 AND HAVING cHUCK LITE IT UP, PIX RAN IN NEWSPAPERS,,EVEN NY tIMES. aFTER 3 PUFFS HE CLEARED THE ROOM AND THE 3 OF US TALKED ABOUT cHUCK'S mOM ANNA WHO PASSED THAT MORNING. CHUCK REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND AND KISS BABS FOR ME. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO BRUCE AND FAMILY.
STEVE GROSSMN, NJ
PS: I STILL HAVE MY CHUCK'S BUCS TEE SHIRT.
February 11, 2011
What a huge loss for the anyone affiliated with the Pirates in anyway. Today being a Pirates' fan truly does mean, We Are Family. You will be missed.
February 11, 2011
Growing up in Butler county I followed the Bucs when the skipper was Chuck Tanner. He truly was "Chucks Bucks". Thats why I will charish the moment a few years ago when
my wife Ruth and I went down to Bradenton Fl. to watch an exhibition game. We really enjoyed the Pirates training facility, but most of all when I recognized Chuck in the stands shaking hands with Don Zimmer the Rays senior advisor. I saw that famous fishing hat on his head .I had to try to talk to him. He looked very busy as I approached him. Then when he turned around I stated "New Castle Pa." he turned around and smiled as I asked him if he didnt mind taking a picture with me. He was honored to.
It was a great photo and Iam very honored to have it because Chuck was not only a great coach but a great person that day for me. Chuck you will be greatly missed. Steve and Ruth Page (Glen St. Mary FL.)
February 11, 2011
He was the GREATEST !!!
February 11, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Tanner at several memorabilia shows. What a class individual he was who epitomized eternal optimism and patience. Everyone should be so lucky. Now he'll be joining Willie "Pops" Stargell and Big Jim Bibby to continue a heavenly version of "We Are Family."

Rest in peace, Chuck. I felt so honored to have made your acquaintance in the time you were here.
February 11, 2011
Thanks for everything you gave us in Pgh Chuck!

Have fun up there with Babs.
February 11, 2011
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for you as a Braves fan. Thinking of you and your family.
February 11, 2011
I am a 53-year-old man in tears right now--we've lost a good baseball man--but an even better man in life. Chuck Tanner represents Pirate baseball--and also how to be a good man. God be with him...he will never be replaced.
February 11, 2011
I never met Chuck Tanner, but he will always live in my heart as a Pittsburgh Pirate. I loved him then and will always love him. The 79 Pirates were awesome because of him and players like Willie Stargel. I only wish I could have met him. We have truly lost a great man.
February 11, 2011
Tremendous memories of Chuck as a manager but an even greater memory of the day in 2005 when he and Jim Leyland autographed a ball for my son who was then eight years old
February 11, 2011
I never met Chuck Tanner, but he will always live in my heart as a Pittsburgh Pirate. I loved him then and will always love him. The 79 Pirates were awesome because of him and players like Willie Stargel. I only wish I could have met him. We have truly lost a great man.
February 11, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Tanner's passing. Although I am not a Pirates fan per sey I am a fan of baseball and had great respect for him and the 1979 Pirates. May God comfort his family...
February 11, 2011
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