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marcshoe
02-11-2011, 04:20 PM
Tanner Dies (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11042/1124762-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml)

I thought this deserved a thread of its own. Of course there are a lot of memories on my part of his teams going up against the Reds. Not to mention his being traded for Manny Sanguillen

muddie
02-11-2011, 04:22 PM
Sad news. His son Bruce was the Mudcats pitching coach here when the Mudcats were a Pirate affiliate.

Hard to believe he was 81 years old.

Spitball
02-11-2011, 09:42 PM
I always admired Chuck Tanner. He was a "think outside the box" type manager.

I remember going to a Red Sox versus Tanner's Athletics game in 1976 at Fenway Park. Luis Tiant was pitching and Carlton Fisk was behind the plate. Tanner's Athletics ran like crazy that year. Everytime an A got on base there was a crazy game of cat and mouse between Tiant and the runner.

At one time, with Don Baylor on first, Tiant threw over maybe fifteen times and came very close to getting Baylor at least ten of those times. The Fenway fans were on their feet the entire time. It was a game within a game and very exciting. Finally, Tiant made his pitch home and Baylor stole second. It was very close. The fans were booing and Fisk was obviously very upset with the call. I remember Fisk yelling but not sure if he was angry at himself, Tiant, Baylor, or the ump.

Tiant outdueled Mike Torrez that night, but those dang Athletics ran like crazy that game.

Bill
02-11-2011, 10:17 PM
Sad to hear. I liked those old Pirates teams. Tanner was reportedly one of the nicer guys in baseball.

redsmetz
02-12-2011, 05:53 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/11/chuck-tanner-dies-pirates_n_822150.html

muddie
02-12-2011, 09:16 AM
On MLB Network tonight at 6 PM...

1979 - The "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates, featuring Willie "Pops" Stargell; 1970s stalwarts Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds returned to the postseason; California Angels' firstst divison title

RANDY IN INDY
02-12-2011, 10:12 AM
A great manager. A better man. RIP

westofyou
02-12-2011, 11:21 AM
Chuck Tanner was an original, and as Randy noted known as a fine man throughout the game.

Tanner played for the Braves when they owned Milwaukee, at one time I think there were 6 guys on that 57 team that went on to manage, I'm sure many an opinion was shaped there.

One thing about Tanner is he was willing to stay with a guy, he was wiling to also ride what he perceived as the hot hand.

The later is seen in his managing of Wilbur Wood and allowing knuckleballers and his top pitchers to eat up his workload. He became the CWS manager in 1970 mid season, they were horrendous, losing 100 games, worse than the new Brewers and Royals. When he saw Wood in the BP he slipped him into the staff and he started over 40 games for 5 straight years. For a season Wood is number 2 in games started in since 1900, with 51.



SEASON
MODERN (1900-)

GAMES STARTED YEAR GS
1 Jack Chesbro 1904 51
T2 Wilbur Wood 1972 49
T2 Ed Walsh 1908 49
T4 Joe McGinnity 1903 48
T4 Wilbur Wood 1973 48
T6 Dave Davenport 1915 46
T6 Rube Waddell 1904 46
T6 Ed Walsh 1907 46
T6 Vic Willis 1902 46
T6 Christy Mathewson 1904 46


In 72 he basically went with a 3 man staff



CHICAGO WHITE SOX
SEASON
1972

GAMES STARTED GS
1 Wilbur Wood 49
2 Stan Bahnsen 41
3 Tom Bradley 40
4 Dave Lemonds 18
5 Eddie Fisher 4
T6 Jim Geddes 1
T6 Goose Gossage 1


Tanner also didn't know when to say Uncle with some players, 4 of the guys who have made the most outs in a season played for Chuck, 3 of them are the same guy, Omar Moreno.



OUTS YEAR OUTS PA
1 Omar Moreno 1980 560 745
2 Frank Taveras 1979 545 725
3 Horace Clarke 1970 542 732
T4 Jose Reyes 2005 536 733
T4 Sandy Alomar Sr. 1971 536 739
T4 Bobby Richardson 1964 536 728
T7 Omar Moreno 1982 535 706
T7 Omar Moreno 1979 535 757
T7 Sandy Alomar Sr. 1970 535 735
10 Alfredo Griffin 1980 533 696

redsmetz
02-12-2011, 11:53 AM
Mods, I didn't see the earlier thread, so please merge mine into it, but you should correct the headline to 82 - he was born in 1928 according to the HuffPo piece.

Sea Ray
02-12-2011, 12:05 PM
I always admired Chuck Tanner. He was a "think outside the box" type manager.

I remember going to a Red Sox versus Tanner's Athletics game in 1976 at Fenway Park. Luis Tiant was pitching and Carlton Fisk was behind the plate. Tanner's Athletics ran like crazy that year.

Tanner was known as a manager who covets speed and is very aggressive on the basepaths. What you saw that day was typical of a Chuck Tanner managed team

TOBTTReds
02-13-2011, 01:52 PM
Chuck Tanner was a really good person. He treated young players, staff, and fans so well.

It's been a rough couple months for the Pirates family with the death of Bill Lajoie, Chuck Tanner, and the daughter of former Pirates coach/scout John Green (in the AZ shooting).

CougarQuest
02-13-2011, 05:45 PM
I always admired Chuck Tanner. He was a "think outside the box" type manager.

I remember going to a Red Sox versus Tanner's Athletics game in 1976 at Fenway Park. Luis Tiant was pitching and Carlton Fisk was behind the plate. Tanner's Athletics ran like crazy that year. Everytime an A got on base there was a crazy game of cat and mouse between Tiant and the runner.

At one time, with Don Baylor on first, Tiant threw over maybe fifteen times and came very close to getting Baylor at least ten of those times. The Fenway fans were on their feet the entire time. It was a game within a game and very exciting. Finally, Tiant made his pitch home and Baylor stole second. It was very close. The fans were booing and Fisk was obviously very upset with the call. I remember Fisk yelling but not sure if he was angry at himself, Tiant, Baylor, or the ump.

Tiant outdueled Mike Torrez that night, but those dang Athletics ran like crazy that game.

Suddenly, I feel old.

CougarQuest
02-13-2011, 05:46 PM
Tanner was known as a manager who covets speed and is very aggressive on the basepaths. What you saw that day was typical of a Chuck Tanner managed team

:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

Joseph
02-13-2011, 06:51 PM
This is the first time I recall hearing the name Chuck Tanner.

http://cdn2.iofferphoto.com/img/item/157/778/857/VBPL.jpg

Very sorry to hear of his passing.

Gainesville Red
02-13-2011, 07:26 PM
http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/02/chuck_tanner.html