Chuck Tanner, the relentlessly upbeat manager who led the ''We Are Family'' Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history, died Friday after a long illness. He was 82.
He died at his home in his hometown of New Castle, Pa., where he had been in hospice care.
Renowned for his never-wavering confidence and an inherent belief that no deficit was too large to overcome, Tanner managed the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates and Braves to a record of 1,352-1,381 from 1970-88. He won one division title and finished second five times.