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Chuck Tanner dies at 82; manager who led Pirates to '79 World Series comeback
Chuck Tanner dies at 82; manager who led Pirates to '79 World Series comeback

Chuck Tanner, the veteran manager who led the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history, died Friday at his home in his hometown of New Castle, Pa., after a long illness. He was 82. Tanner managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Pirates and Atlanta Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970 to 1988. He won one division title and finished second five times. In the '79 Series, with Pittsburgh behind favored Baltimore three games to one and facing possible elimination in Game 5 at Pittsburgh, Tanner awoke to learn his mother had died in a nursing home in New Castle. Saying she would have wanted him to do...

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