Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chuck Tanner: A Smooth-Sailing And Successful Skipper For Pittsburgh When Pirates Were Giants

Before Pittsburgh was InsolvenCity, before juveniles led city government, before Kevin McClatchy and Tom Murphy hijacked the Pittsburgh National League Baseball Club and pawned it to a paltry crew of scurvious bandits, the Pirates were a glorious franchise, a community treasure worthy of support through thick and thin.

Chuck Tanner was a substantial element of the glory. Tanner turned the first pitch he saw as a big-league batter into a home run, and maintained a championship standard throughout the next half-century without compromising his character. Smooth sailing, skipper.

Infinonytune: Forever Young/Some Guys Have All The Luck, Rod Stewart

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