Tanner died at his New Castle home in hospice care on Friday. He was 82.
Tanner led the Pirates to a World Series title in 1979, which was one of nine seasons he spent as the club's manager. Under Tanner, the Pirates went 711-685. Tanner, who spent eight years in the Majors as a player, also managed the White Sox, Athletics and Braves for a combined 10 seasons.
He moved on to front-office roles after his managerial career and rejoined the Pirates in fall 2007. Tanner most recently served as a senior advisor to general manager Neal Huntington.
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.
In lieu of sending flowers, the Tanner family asks that those wishing to make a contribution give a monetary donation to the fund, c/o Pirates Charities, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212.
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