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Those interested in paying respects to former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner will be able to do so on Tuesday. There will be a public viewing in New Castle, Pa. from 4-7 PM at the Cunningham Funeral Home.
According to Jenifer Langosch, Pirates beat reporter, the Bucs are planning to honor Chuck Tanner is several different ways this season.
The Pirates are planning additional ways in which to honor Tanner this season, though specific arrangements have not yet been announced. The organization did reveal its plans to create the Chuck Tanner “We Are Family Fund,” which will annually present an award to the Pirates Minor League staff member who best exemplifies Tanner’s optimism, enthusiasm, work ethic and leadership.
Former Pirates’ manager Chuck Tanner passed away on Friday at the age of 82.
Tanner managed the Pirates from 1977-85, and led the “We are family” Bucs to a World Series title in 1979 by defeating the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the title in seven games.
Tanner also managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves. He retired with a managerial record of 1352-1381.
A native of the Pittsburgh suburb of New Castle, Tanner’s playing career lasted eight years. He played the outfield for the Braves, Angeles, Indians and Cubs.
Tanner most recently served as a senior adviser to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.
“The news of Chuck’s passing at the age of 81 was met today with heavy hearts by everyone within the Pirates organization,” team president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “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.”
“Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity. While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in general,” said Pirates president Frank Coonelly.
“My early memories of the Pirates organization are of Chuck’s teams, the way they played the game and the genuine affection they seemed to have for each other,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “This made an impression on me and never did I imagine that I would have a chance to work with Chuck himself.”
Tommy Lasorda tweeted upon hearing the news of Tanner’s death: “Rest in Peace Chuck Tanner. I loved you like a brother. You taught me a lot about managing, and I always appreciated it.”
“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,” Bruce Tanner said. “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.”
Former pitcher and current Minnesota Twins television analyst, Bert Blyleven, finally made it into Cooperstown on his 14th year on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Blyleven’s career spanned 22-years (1970-92) with the Twins, Rangers, Pirates, Indians and Angels.
Blyleven received 79.7 percent of the ballots (463 votes). He received 74.2 percent of the vote in 2010 –just five votes shy.
“Last year, I was surprised that I went from 62 percent to five votes short,” Blyleven said in a recent interview from his home in Fort Myers, Fla. “That was very nice. It just means that hopefully this year there will be enough votes to get me inducted into the Hall of Fame. If that does happen, it will be like icing on the cake for me. I had a pretty big cake throughout my career, but this would be the ultimate.”
Blyleven will join general manager Pat Gillick and Sandy Alomar (the other 2011 Hall of Fame inductee) for the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24.
“It’s been 14 years of praying and waiting,” Blyleven said. “I’d like to thank the Baseball Writers for finally getting it right.”
It’s still undecided which cap he will be wearing on his plaque in the Hall of Fame, although, the Twins is most likely. Blyleven spent 10 of his 22 seasons in Minnesota.
“The Hall of Fame decides what hat I wear,” said Blyleven. “I’m just very fortunate to now be one of the elite members of the Hall of Fame. It’s their decision, but hopefully it’ll be the Minnesota Twins.”
Blyleven spent three seasons (1978-80) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, even winning a World Series Championship title with the 1979 “We Are Family” team.
He has 287 wins –27th on the all-time list, fifth in career strikeouts (3,701). Blyleven’s 60 shutouts are ninth all-time and also ranks 13th all-time in innings pitched (4,970).