1957 Topps Chuck Tanner 392 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾
In his first go around with the Braves, as a player, Chuck Tanner belted a home run on the very first pitch of the very first at-bat of his major league career. It was the highlight of his replacement level career as a big leaguer.
Better things were ahead though. Tanner managed the great Pirates teams of the late 1970s. They were massively fun to watch. When the Braves brought Tanner in to manage in 1986, it was hoped he’d bring the same sense of fun to the Braves, but those were dreadful baseball teams. He would eventually be replaced by the pointless Russ Nixon.
Tanner’s biggest contribution to the Braves was bringing Willie Stargell with him. Sarge would spend around a decade with the organization as 1st base coach and minor league hitting instructor. His most famous Braves pupil was the great Chipper Jones, who has never hesitated to give Stargell credit.