Earlier today former MLB player and manager Chuck Tanner passed away at the age of 81. Tanner spent eight years in the majors, patrolling left field with the Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs. Cleveland Indians and LA Angels. He made his major league debut with the Braves on April 12, 1955 when he came in as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning and hit a home run in his first major league at bat.
He started his managerial career in 1970 with the White Sox and stayed there through the 1975 season. He spent one year with the Athletics before taking over in Pittsburgh in 1977. After three years with the Pirates he led them and the "We Are Family" squad to a 1979 World Series Championship. The last manager to take the Pirates to the championship, Tanner was with the Pirates for nine seasons before finishing his career managing the Braves in Atlanta in 1988.
Most recently Tanner was a senior adviser to current Pirates manager Neal Huntington and remained an integral part of the Pirates family.