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Charles William Tanner
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.
Born: July 4, 1929 in New Castle, PA
Debut: April 12, 1955 Milwaukee Braves
Final Game: May 8, 1962 Los Angeles Angels
Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the Cleveland Indians on September 8, 1961.
Later released by the Los Angeles Angels before the 1963 season.
Entered game in the 9th as a pinch hitter for Rocky Bridges and drew a walk in a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, September 14, 1961 at Metropolitan Stadium.
1961 - 1962
Batted .125 in 16 at-bats mostly as a pinch-hitter.
Signed by the Boston Braves in 1946, he didn't make it to the majors until 1955. He played four seasons for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association, hitting over .300 each year and helping them to win the Dixie Series in 1954.
In 1955, when he finally came to the majors, he hit .247 in 97 games as the fourth outfielder for the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves were 1957 World Series champs, but Tanner was picked up on waivers in June of that year by the Chicago Cubs. Between the two teams, he had the most at-bats of his career, 387, hitting .279 with 19 doubles and 9 home runs. Soon after he arrived, he and Ernie Banks hit inside-the-park home runs in the same game at Forbes Field. Tanner was a regular in the outfield for the Cubs in the second half of 1957, but in 1958 he was used by them mostly as a pinch-hitter, hitting .262 with a .437 slugging percentage.
He had a series of brief appearances in 1959-1962 with the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels.
Chuck Tanner managed 8 years in the Los Angeles/California Angels chain from 1963 to 1970, before taking over the Chicago White Sox in 1970. He managed the Quad Cities Angels (1963-1964), El Paso Sun Kings (1965-1966, 1968), Seattle Angels (1967), and Hawaii Islanders (1969-1970), winning the Texas League title with El Paso in 1968.