Chuck Tanner's pride for the Pirates, love for the city of Pittsburgh and devotion to the game of baseball for more than six decades has left a lasting legacy.
Working with Chuck's family, the Pirates will honor Chuck and his passion for teaching and for those individuals teaching baseball in the minor league system of his beloved Pirates, by assisting in the creation of the "Chuck Tanner 'We Are Family Fund'," which will annually present an award to a Pirates minor league staff person who best exemplifies Chuck's optimism, enthusiasm, work ethic and leadership.
During 2013 Spring Training, the 3rd annual Chuck Tanner Award was presented to Miguel Bonilla, the Pirates Gulf Coast League Pitching Coach. Miguel was honored to receive this award, for he had the opportunity to meet Chuck Tanner several years ago when Chuck attended a Fantasy Baseball Camp the Gulf Coast League hosted. Miguel truly enjoys teaching young players because he believes, "When you can make an impact on young guys, it's great."
If you would like to make a contribution to the fund in honor of Chuck Tanner, please send your donation to:
The "Chuck Tanner 'We Are Family Fund'"
c/o Pirates Charities
115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212