Chuck Tanner
1929 - 2011
BORN
1929
DIED
2011
Former Oakland A's manager Chuck Tanner, who became the first manager in major league history to be traded for a player, died Friday, Feb. 11. He was 82.
Tanner was traded to Pittsburgh and later led the Pirates to the 1979 World Series title. The Pirates said Tanner's family informed them of his death on Friday at his home in New Castle, Pa., after a long illness.
Published by Inside Bay Area on Feb. 12, 2011.
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Godspeed Chuck, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
February 12, 2018
Chuck was truly a gentleman. We saw him all the time at the restaurant. We do miss you.
May 15, 2013
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.
Pam Hall
October 12, 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 29, 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.
John
April 3, 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.
Ray Allen
March 31, 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 24, 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)
Bill Mette
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 19, 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 18, 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.
Barry Baer
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
Randy Bell
February 17, 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
Scott MacFarland
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
Ron
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.
Jo Ellen Robb McGuirk
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.
Lori Kelly
February 16, 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
Joe Chianese
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
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ashok chitroda
February 15, 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)
Priscilla Hyclak
February 14, 2011
Brent, we are remembering your family during this most difficult time.
Bernard & Rosemary Griffin
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
Frank DeCastris
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)
Dennis Prochazka
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.
Mark Burgunder
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
Laura Phillips
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.
patty zuzik toomey
February 14, 2011
Mr.Tanner was a true baseball and Pittsburgh legend.Thanks for the memories.May he rest in peace.
Bobby Skinner
February 14, 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"!
Benjamin and Sharon Tucci
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.
Debbie Schnelzer & Family
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.
Robert Singer
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.
Christine Schwarz
February 13, 2011
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Dennis Robertson
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
Darrell & Doug Seevers
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.
Dennis Hogensen
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.
Jerry Sankey
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.
John Bracey
February 13, 2011
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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.
Brother Michael Segvich
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
Thomas Ritter
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.
Chuck Richards
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.
Dr. Don Highlander
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
J. Goray
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.
Judith Abranovich
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.
Bonnie Anderson
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
Bob Conroy
February 13, 2011
R.I.P Coach, thanks.
John Mincey
February 13, 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.
J.J. Bibby
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.
Patty Farnan (Welker)
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.
John Duchac
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
Dave Buzard
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
Heidi Narr
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!
Ryan Bradshaw
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!
Larry S.
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
Alan 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.
Betsy Melman Carney
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!
Dr. Dianne Reistroffer
February 12, 2011
You gave us the best Pirates ever. Thanks for 1979. God bless.
Janice Young
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.
Mike B.
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.
Denny Heindl
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!
Mark Clark
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.
Wendy Williams-Neal
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.
Gerry Kons
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!!
Tom Koontz
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.
T. Arce
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!
Karen Mayer
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
Harold Bower
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. [email protected]
Harry Aldrich
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.
Glenn Locke
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.
Ed Palka
February 12, 2011
A truly great Chicago White Sox manager. Rest in peace Chuck.
Andrew Braudy
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
charlie peck
February 12, 2011
Thank you for the memories and for enriching my life.
Larry Gorman
February 12, 2011
Chuck Tanner was the BEST Manager the Pirates ever had!
God Bless you Chuck!
Doreen Vranich-Bair
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.
Justin Simeone
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..
Hazel
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)
Hazel
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.
Steve Journey
February 12, 2011
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Tony and Audrey Faessel
February 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
rob bishop
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.
Don Sumner
February 12, 2011
May God comfort you in your time of need. I believe my Daddy is being coached by him in heaven.
diane heasley
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.
Ed Vinson
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.
THE PENTLAND FAMILY
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.
Rodney Derrick
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.
Rey Criollo
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.
Hart Family
February 12, 2011
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