Former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner dies at 81

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By Rob Biertempfel
Friday, February 11, 2011
Last updated: 3:41 pm

Chuck Tanner, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to the 1979 World Series championship, has died.
He was 81.
Born July 4, 1929 in New Castle, Lawrence County, Tanner led the Pirates to second-place finishes in the National League East during his first two seasons as manager. In 1979 they won 98 games, held off the Montreal Expos and captured the division by two games.
After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds to claim the NL pennant, the Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles in seven games in the World Series, their first title in eight years.

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