Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of longtime Major League manager and Pittsburgh Pirates senior advisor Chuck Tanner at the age of 82:
"I am saddened by the passing of Chuck Tanner, a lifetime contributor to baseball. As a Milwaukee Brave in 1955, Chuck hit a home run on the first pitch of his first plate appearance, the start of seven years as a Major League outfielder. He spent 19 consecutive years as a Major League manager with four clubs. The Pennsylvania native led the excellent Pirates clubs of the 1970s, culminating in the World Series championship in the 1979 'We Are Family' season.
"Chuck spent his life serving baseball in a variety of roles, and I am particularly glad that in recent years he returned to the Pirates, the club with which he will be forever linked. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathy to Chuck's sons and the entire Tanner family, as well as to his many fans in Pittsburgh and throughout our game."