Click play button below to hear "Looking Back" with Sam Reich - about Chuck  Tanner


This week Sam talks about Jim Leyland


Mike Smith and Sam Reich present Josh Harrison the 2014 Chuck Tanner Memorial Award recently at PNC Park.


Baltimore's Buck Showalter will attend the Chuck Tanner Banquet and will receive the Tanner MLB 2014 Manager of the Year Award



1979 -  The day after 7th game WIN

Giants win 7th game of 2014 World Series

"away" - last team to do that was Chuck's

Bucs in Baltimore 1979. Here is a photo

of Tanner the day after the victory back in

Pittsburgh. A special thank you to Mike

Suley who supplied the photo.


Dan Zangrilli will serve as the 2014 banquet MC.  See complete story on our home page


 POLANCO's 1st MLB Game 

Joins the Pirate at PNC Park June 10th. Good things have already happened. Click on the link below



More than $54,000 raised for Rotary charities at the 2013 Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet


Ralph Kiner Dies at age 91

The Former Pirate Hall of Famer and long-time Mets Broadcaster died February 6th. He led the NL even consecutive seasons as the Home-run Champion and entered Cooperstown in 1975. Kiner's uniform number (#4) was retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates - one of only 5 numbers to be so honored.




On July 8th, prior to a Pirate’s game at PNC Park, Mike Smith and Sam Reich from the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh  “officially” presented 2012 Chuck Tanner Awards to major league Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s and Pirate’s star Andrew McCutchen.

Melvin received one of two Manager of the Year Awards from ’12 along with Davey Johnson, manager of the Washington Nationals.  McCutchen received the Chuck Tanner Memorial Award – given the Pittsburgh Pirate who displays the most exceptional contribution to professional  baseball in Pittsburgh that current season.

Since neither of their schedules allowed Melvin nor McCutchen to attend last November’s banquet, the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh and representative of the Chuck Tanner Awards Committee “came to them”.  The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh is very grateful for the cooperation of the Pittsburgh Pirates for allowing time to make this on-field presentation.

(L-R) Smith, Melvin and Reich

(L-R) Smith, McCutchen and Reich


2012 Major League Managers of the Year

The Chuck Tanner Major League Manager of the Year Award is determined by a prestigious national selection committee. Selections are based on the quality of current season and total career.

So many managers stood out in 2012 and the committee decided to recognize one from each league. It is a special tribute to Davey Johnson and Bob Melvin that they were chosen from such an elite field of candidates.

Davey Johnson - National League

Bob Melvin - American League


The 2015 Chuck Tanner Banquet to celebrate PNC PARK

Although Chuck Tanner never managed a game at Pittsburgh's beautiful PNC Park - he attended many games there and enjoyed its success in Pirate history. The north shore sports facility - often consider the best in all of major league baseball, opened it's doors in the spring of 2000. Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates drew 2,450,000 loyal Bucco fans - the largest single season attendance in franchise history.


Along with our standard award winners, this years banquet will also be honoring many of the people who helped make PNC Park a reality - and we want you to be there with us on November 14th. Mark your calendar now and plan on joining us for a night of great baseball fun and memories.


2014 Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet A Great SUCCESS !

By all accounts it was a night filed with fun and excitement as the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh held it's 8th Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet fundraiser. Top honors were given to the awardees that included  former Pirate great Dick Groat, MLB Manager of the Year Buck Showalter of Baltimore, Katey Feeney of MLB as the Distinguished Women in Baseball Award, Josh Harrison of the Pirates and Coach Joe Spano of Mercyhurst University.

Shown here are artist Kevin-John (R) along with this year's Chuck Tanner Life-time Achievement Award winner Dick Groat - standing beside the painting of Groat that was unveiled at the event.  


Most recent Manager of the the Year award winner - Buck Showalter and past winner Jim Leyland exchange stories at the 2014 event.


Sally O'Leary (L), the first winner of the Distinguished Women in Baseball Award is shown here with long-time friend and the 2014 winner Katey Feeney of MLB.  This annual award  now carries the name of Ms. O'Leary.




Pirate Skipper Clint Hurdle Speakes at the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh

Last year's Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year and Major League's NL Manager of the Year, spoke to a full house at the noon luncheon held at the William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Mike Smith, Chairman of the Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet Committee is shown here at the luncheon, with last year's winner of the Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year - Pirate's Clint Hurdle.

The very popular Pirate manager told of his decision to to come to Pittbsurgh and his desire to make the team "better everyday" - to win back the great tradition of the team and the excitemnet of the fan base.  Having completed his 4th season with the Bucs in '14 - Hurdle has certainly brought back the excitement and support.

With two consecutive winning seasons and two post season appearances, the fans are back - over 2.4 million strong is 2014 - the largest regular season total in franchise history.

In addition to his interesting and up-beat talk, Hurdle also fielded questions from the gathering.

This year's Chuck Tanner MLB Manager of the Year is Buck Showalter of Baltimore. The Tanner committee was recently informed that he would be attending this weekend's event. Former baseball great Dick Groat will also be among those being honored. Tickets are still availble and can be purchased for $180. Those interested in attending this Saturday's - Nov 15th banquet, should contact us asap by calling 412.471.6210



Josh Harrison Receives 2014 

Chuck Tanner Memorial Award

The Chuck Tanner Memorial Award is awarded to an individual making the most exceptional contributions to Pittsburgh baseball during the past year. Chuck Tanner loved Pittsburgh Pirate baseball and it is in his spirit, that this award was created.

Josh Harrison certainly lived up to that description.

On May 18th, circumstances occurred that gave Harrison a chance to play every day. It was then, his remarkable story - from bench player to all-star, to "Mr. Everything" on the field, caught the imagination of all Pirate fans - and baseball lovers throughout the baseball world.  His energies and hard play made him an instant success to Pittsburgh "blue-collar" area baseball fans. Without question -Harrison's run-down antics remain, ability to garner key hits and his defensive skills remain on everyone's minds as they looked back at'14 Bucco season.

Prior to his professional career, Harrison played second base while attending the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, he was the Big East Conference's Co-Player of the Year. Harrison was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft

Harrison had his contract purchased by the Pirates on May 30, 2011. Harrison made his major league debut on May 31, 2011, and recorded his first Major League hit, off New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. On May 18, 2012, he broke up Justin Verlander's no-hitter in the ninth inning, which would have been the third no-hitter of Verlander's career.

After a number of options back and forth between the Pirates and  the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 2013 Harrison came back to stay with the major league club, when he was recalled back from Indianapolis on May 31, 2013.

This season – he batted .315, good enough to make a run at the NL batting title – falling short on the final game of the season and finishing second to Rockies Justin Morneau.   Harrison hit 13 homeruns, had 51 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases.

On July 6, 2014, Harrison was selected to his first career All-Star Game, along with fellow teammates Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson.  At the time of his selection, Harrison was hitting .298 through 72 games. Harrison also had played 5 different positions throughout the season, and was listed as a utility player for the All-Star Game.


HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN THIS ?  Well you can...... 

Artist Kevin-John has just completed an art peice of Gregory Polanco - the highly regarded and newest raising star of the Pirates. This original artwork and many other  great items will be available by auction at the banquet. For more information click link below:



Katey Feeney To Receive Award

The 2014 Sally O'Leary Distinguished Women in Baseball Award will be presented to Major League Baseball's Senor VP.


Katy Feeney, currently enjoying her 27th season in professional baseball, is MLB’s Senior Vice-President for Scheduling & Club Relations - meaning Feeney is responsible for juggling all those double-headers and long road trips.  “No one is ever going to be happy," she has said with a laugh, "If I can make everyone equally unhappy, I've done my job." 




Her role in Club Relations is a full one, too. It includes everything from assisting participating managers and team members in the All-Star game to working with the contending clubs in the post-season.  Feeney’s  responsibilities in the MLB front office are arguably among the most detailed and difficult in professional baseball.  


Kate Feeney’s first sports job was as the PR secretary in the National League offices. Kate went in to help out

temporarily for a couple of weeks, to fill in for a PR secretary who was leaving. When the offices moved to

New York City, she was asked if I would go to help out for a year. Twenty-seven years later - she now says, "It's

been a long year."


Feeney's father, the late Charles "Chub" Feeney, was the well-loved GM of the New York (later San Francisco)

Giants during the 1950s and 60s



Mercyhurst's JOE SPANO Named

College Coach of the Year  for 2014 

The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced the winner of its 8th Annual Chuck Tanner

College Coach of the Year Award.  Joe Spano is this year's winner. 

Spano and the Mercyhurst program wil be honored at the November 15th Banquet.  

In 2014, head coach Joe Spano began his 15th season as Lakers manager.  Spano led

Mercyhurst to one of the best seasons in program history going 30 - 15 overall and 20-8 in

the PSAC.

Just three years ago,  Spano led Mercyhurst to the doorstep of the Division II College World

Series. He has guided the Lakers to ten consecutive winning seasons-the longest string in

school history. In 2014, Mercyhurst won 30 games for the fourthstraight year and fifth time

in the last six seasons.

He has guided his squads to five-straight winning seasons, which is a school record.


Chuck Tanner Manager of the Year Winner:

ORIOLES Buck Showalter

Selected as 2014 Recipient  

Buck Showalterentered his fifthseason withthe Orioles with

1,163 career wins, third most among active Major League man-

agers. This year, his Orioles won thierdivision with a  96-66 

record .

Showalter is 1,163-1,095 in 15 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees (313-268;

1992-1995), Arizona Diamondbacks (250- 236; 1998-2000), Texas Rangers (319-329; 2003

-06) and Orioles (281-262; 2010-Current). He recorded his 1,000th career win on

May 1, 2012 at New York.


On January 16, 2013, the Orioles announced a contract extension for Showalter through



Showalter was hired as the 19th manager in Orioles history on July 29, 2010 and took the

helm on August 2, directing the club to a 34-23 finish, the second-best record in the AL

over the last 57 games behind Minnesota's 35-22 finish. Showalter became the first

manager since 1900 to take over a team on August 1 or later and win more games the rest

of the way (34) than the club won before he took over (32).


Showalter is a a two-time MLB Manager of the Year (1994 and 2004)


Kent Tekulve - Longtime Pirate and

2013 Life-time Achievement Award 

Winner Now Recovering  

Last year's ChuckTanner Life-time Achievement Award re-

cipient, Kent Tekulve is now recovering from recent heart

transplant surgery. The well liked all-star Bucco reliever, has more recently

been working on ROOT Sports, as a commentator for Pirate



Mike Smith, chairman of the Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet

project, expressed well wishes from the committee. "We are

very pleased that Kent is now  on the mend and all of us con-

nected with the Tanner committee wish him a speedy and

 complete recovery," said Smith.

Tekulve is best known for his side-winding submarine pitch.

The tall tight-hander is a native of Cincinnati OH and  was a

large part of the 1979 World Series championship season,

when he played for manager Chuck Tanner. 



The Pittsburgh Pirates, on Sunday September 21st,  made it

possible for members of the Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet

Committee to make an on-field presentation of the 2013 MLB

Manager of the Year Award, to Pirate's skipper Clint Hurdle.

The actual presentation was made at last November's 

awards banquet. Thank You Pirates &  LETS GO BUCS 


Former Pirate Great Dick Groat

 To Be Honored 

Pittsburgh Pirate star infielder from the 1950 's and '60's, 

Dick Groat has been selected to receive the 2014 Chuck

Tanner Lifetime Achievement Award


This award was established by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh

to honor the late, great Chuck Tanner to recognize a former

player with a long, distinguished baseball career and service

to the community.  Past awardees have been Jim Leyland,

Steve Blass, Sean Casey and Kent Tekulve.  

Groat who played for the Pirates from 1956 to 1962 was a

highly regarded ball player and helped Pittsburgh win the

1960 World Series. He also was names Natitional League

MVP in 1960.


Dick Groat , a short-stop, was traded to the St. Louis

Cardinals in 1963 where he continued to perform well and

was part of two World Series Championship teams with

St. Louis.  Groat played 14 years in the majors and compiled

.286 batting average. 

In addition to his baseball talents, Groat was a two time

college All American in basketball while playing at Duke. 

Groat was also No. 3 pick in the 1952 NBA Draft and played

one year of professional basketball for the Ft. Wayne Pistons

His love of basketball and Pittsburgh has kept Dick Groat 

associated with  the area through Pitt basketball, since 1979,

where he remains active as a radio color analyst for the Pitt


DAN ZANGRILLI  Will Emcee the 2014 Chuck Tanner

 Awards Banquet

The Tanner Banquet Committee recently announced that

local sports celebrity Dan Zangrilli has agreed to serve as

this year's emcee.  Zangrilli has been a past supporter of the

event but this will be his first time at the MC microphone.

Committee Chairman Mike Smith said " we are fortunate to have

Dan work with us this year and know he will do a great job, making

a special sports night even better"

Zangrilli is the Pirates Pre and Post Game Show Host

A native Pittsburgher, Zangrilli began his broadcasting career

while a sophomore at Keystone Oaks High School for the MSA

Sports before moving on to obtain his degree from Clarion Uni-

versity. While at Clarion, Dan broadcast Golden Eagles football

and basketball and also woke up to do mornings at WCUC-FM.

Zangrilli also spent five years (2006-2010) as a minor league play-

by-play broadcaster and Communications Director for the State

College Spikes and the Altoona Curve.

Zangrilli joined CBS Radio-Pittsburgh in 2007 as a sports update

anchor at News-Radio 1020 KDKA and still serves the same

capacity at The Fan.

In 2012, Dan added to his duties as co-host of the Pirates

and post-game shows


























LOOKING BACK with Sam Reich

Starting this month - the Chuck Tanner Banquet site will feature

great stories and insight regarding the Chuck Tanner baseball

legacy. The Committee is fortunate to have one of our own,

Sam Reich, a noted baseball enthusiast and historian available

to help us with this new web-site project.  

Sam's knowledge of baseball and his acquaintance with Chuck

Tanner will allow us to explore aspects of the beloved Pirate's

manager on a regular basis throughout the year. 

So please visit us often and join us as well begin publishing these

bi-weekly stories. Help us continue to celebrate Chuck Tanner,

the man and his outstanding baseball career.  

Click link below and go to page containing "LOOKING BACK" with Sam



More than $54,000 Raised



The committee responsible for hosting the annual Chuck

Tanner Awards Banquet provided the Rotary Club of Pitts-

burgh a report on the most recent event held. The good

news.... the '13 banquet was the most successful ever!

Committee Chairman Mike Smith announced that this past banquet - the 7th one held

 - raised over $54,000 for Rotary charities. The attendance too, was the largest on

record, with more than 300 taking part in the festivities.

"We were very pleased that all our award recipients were on hand, stated Smith.

Those in attendance responded by being even more generous on auction items, than

ever before. Add to that an increase in sponsorships and advertising - and it

produced a banner year for us," concluded Smith. 

 Pittsburgh Pirate Manager Clint Hurdle was on hand to receive the Chuck Tanner MLB manager of the Year award. He joins notable past recipients including Joe Torre, Jim Leyland, Davey Johnson and Bob Melvin.




Hurdle to receive MLB Manager of the Year; Nutting to receive MLB Executive of the Year; Tekulveto receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Sally O'Leary will receive the Distinguished Women in Baseball Award and Seton Hill's Head Coach Marc Marizzaldi will be awarded the College Coach of the Year Award 

PITTSBURGH, November 11, 2013… Clint Hurdle will be in attendance to receive the Chuck

Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award at a gala banquet on Saturday,

November 16, 2013 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Sponsored annually by the

the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh.

.....for the complete story go to : http://chucktannerbanquet.com/news---special-events.html


Steve Blass and Pirates President Frank Coonelly among those making presentations at the 7th annual Chuck Tanner Awards Banquet


Former pitching ace Steve Blass will present the Distinguished Women in Baseball Award to Sally O'Leary, while Frank Coonelly will present Bob Nutting with the Chuck Tanner Memorial Award,  



Bob Nutting Selected as the

2013 Chuck Tanner Memorial Award Recipient

The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced that Bob Nutting , principal owner

and chairman of the Board Pittsburgh Pirates, has been selected the 2013

Chuck Tanner Memmorial Award recipient.


The Chuck Tanner Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual who has

been outstanding in the promotion and advancement of baseball in Pittsburgh.


Mr. Nutting will be presented with his award on November 16, 2013 at the annual Chuck

Tanner Awards Banquet. He will be among a number of awardees being recognized that

evening, including Pirate Manager, who was selected as MLB Manager of the Year, former

pitching ace Kent Tekulve who will receive the Chuck tanner Life-time Achievement Award

and Sally O’Leary, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates – who is being honored with the

Distinguished Women in Baseball Award. Seton Hill hard baseball coach Marc Marizzaldi

will be given the College Coach of the Year Award. 


The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Paul Alexander of 93.7-FM “The Fan.”

Returning to conduct the live auction will be James Roddey, former Allegheny County



Erie native and nationally recognized Celebrity Sports Artist Kevin-John is returning to create

a special limited edition Kent Tekulve memorabilia print for everyone in attendance and will

be present personally sign his creation.  Kevin-John's artwork has been showcased on ESPN,

Spike TV, and NBC, at Super Bowl XXXIX, XL, XLI and the PGA Tour.  

To purchase tickets to the banquet or to find out about other ways to support the event, go to

www.chucktannerbanquet.com or call 412.471.6210.  This charitable event and its silent

auction of sports memorabilia and other items will be used to support Pittsburgh Rotary Club

operations and its programs including:  

Annual High School Ethics Symposium (400+ Student Attendees per year) 

Rotary Youth Post High-school Scholarships  

Polio Plus Worldwide 













































At the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh we pride ourselves in the daily contribution

to individual and community well being.We believe that by sharing common

values we can increase the opportunity of each individual in the community. 

The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has many reasons for hosting this event in honor

of Chuck Tanner. Of course, the Club seeks to raise money for the good works

of Rotary and to increase public awareness of Rotary projects. The money

raised from this event helps us fund these worth while projects and programs. 


Another important motivation for this event is to honor Chuck Tanner, a man

who personified what is good about baseball and reminds us of past baseball

glories in Pittsburgh.  This annual event also provides a major sports banquet

for Pittsburgh where fans can celebrate baseball and honor those whose

distinguished leadership is so important to the success of their teams. 


The highly coveted Chuck Tanner awards recognize those who, like Chuck

Tanner, represent dedication to sport, but also dedication to excellence and



Please take time to look over our website. Learn even more about the

Banquet and how your support and that of the entire community adds

to the success and goals of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club's efforts.


please click on the follow link:      http://www.pittsburghrotary.org/


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