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.
Look for more photos from the '14 banquet to be posted here soon.
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.
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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
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 fourth straight 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 Showalter entered his fifth season with the Orioles with
1,163 career wins, third most among active Major League man-
agers. This year, his Orioles won thier division with a 96-66
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.
ROTARY OFFICIALS Do A "Repeat"
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
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
TANNER COMMITTEE GIVES
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, NUTTING, COONELLY, LEYLAND, TEKULVE EXPECTED AT
CHUCK TANNER BASEBALL MGR. OF THE YEAR AWARDS BANQUET
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.
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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