Former Oakland A's manager Chuck Tanner, who became the first manager in major league history to be traded for a player, died Friday. He was 82.
Tanner was traded to Pittsburgh and later led the Pirates to the 1979 World Series title. The Pirates said Tanner's family informed them of his death on Friday at his home in New Castle, Pa., after a long illness.
Tanner managed the A's in 1976, when Oakland set a major league record with 341 stolen bases while finishing second in the American League West to Kansas City.
Then-A's owner Charlie Finley traded Tanner to the Pirates for catcher Manny Sanguillen.
Tanner managed the Chicago White Sox, A's, Pirates and Atlanta Braves during his 17-year career, winning 1,352 games. His crowning achievement came in 1979, when his "We Are Family" Pirates rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles for the World Series championship.
Facing elimination in Game 5, Tanner awoke that morning to learn his mother had died in a nursing home. He remained with the team, made all the right moves, and the Pirates outscored the Orioles 15-2 in sweeping the final three games.
Tanner is the second former Oakland A's manager to pass away in the last two months. Steve Boros, who managed the A's from 1983-84, died on Dec. 29 at age 74.