Friday, February 11, 2011


Today's random baseball fact if the day will honor Chuck Tanner, who passed away today. Of course for a baseball fan, such as myself growing up in the 80s, Tanner is best known as the skipper of many a hapless Braves team. He managed some Braves greats from my childhood- Horner, Murphy, Hubbard, Garber, Assenmacher, Mahler, Oberkfell, Virgil, etcetera, etcetera. Of course rabid baseball fans may also know that he also helmed the 1979 World Champion "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates. This was of course the last championship for the Buccos. BUT, our random Chuck Tanner fact is (drum roll).......

Before the 1977 season, the A's were in the process of trading off many of their stars of the great team that won three straight championships from 1972-74. They traded Chuck Tanner's services to the Pittsburgh Pirates for an aging Manny Sanguillen. This was only the second instance in Major League Baseball history that a manager was part of a baseball trade.

You were a wonderful man Chuck Tanner, rest in peace!

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