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Chuck Tanner, Former Pirates Manager, Dies At 82

Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner has died at age 82. The cause is unknown. Tanner managed the Pirates from 1977 to 1985 and was the manager of the Pirates' "We Are Family" World Series team in 1979. He also managed the Chicago White Sox from 1970 to 1975, the Oakland Athletics in 1976, and the Atlanta Braves from 1986 to 1988. He played for the Braves, Cubs, Indians and Angels from 1955 to 1962.

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Here's Pirates president Frank Coonelly on Tanner's departure:

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"The news of Chuck's passing ... was met today with heavy hearts by everyone within the Pirates organization," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. "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, most recently serving as a senior advisor to general manager Neal Huntington. Chuck will be deeply missed by everyone within the Pirates family."

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