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Jim Leyland named fifth annual “Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year”

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Former Pirates skipper earns honor from Rotary Club of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced the winner of its 5th Annual Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award.  Jim Leyland, Manager of the Detroit Tigers, is the 2011 Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year.

Each year the award selection committee, which includes a number of MLB executives, former players and writers, makes their selection within a week of the final regular season game.  Previous winners of the award are Joe Torre, Joe Maddon, Ron Gardenhire and Charlie Manuel. The award presentation will take place at a banquet on November 19, 2011 at the David Lawrence Convention Center.
 
In addition, the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced its 2nd Collegiate Baseball Manager of the Year. Jim Chester, 4th year Head Coach of the Penn State Greater Allegheny baseball program is the award recipient. Mr. Chester will also be presented with his award on November 19, 2011.
 
The Master of Ceremonies for the event is Larry Richert of KDKA-AM.  Returning to conduct the live auction will be James Roddey, former Allegheny County Executive. A number of Pirates Alumni and baseball professionals will be on hand for the “Tribute to Chuck” hosted by Paul Alexander of 93.7-FM “The Fan.”
 
The program’s Honorary Chairperson is Bob Nutting, Chairman of the Board, Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
Erie native and nationally recognized Celebrity Sports Artist Kevin-John is returning to create a special limited edition Chuck Tanner memorabilia print for everyone in attendance and will be present to 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.pittsburghrotary.org <http://www.pittsburghrotary.org>  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

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
Editor's DeskFeature OneHigh School
On the heels of two straight wins, the Franklin Regional Panthers are looking to improve to 3-1 Friday night as welcome the Indiana Little Indians (2-1) to Panther Stadium.
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Belle Vernon will battle Hollidaysburg in a WPIAL Triple-A clash Friday night with both teams looking for their third win on the season.
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The Steelers traditional powerhouse defense has set a yearly standard for fans and pundits for decades. But an aging Pittsburgh defense has had a rocky time the last couple of seasons.
Feature FourPure Steel
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Twenty-two WPIAL football teams will have new coaches pacing the sidelines this season, including a few that will be featured in the CoGo's Feature Matchup this season.
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Several of the most coveted recruits throughout the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, most notably Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin. Others, like Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, are still being recruited.
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Bill Cherpak misses the way it used to be. Back in the 80’s, when the current Thomas Jefferson High School coach was a player at Steel Valley, the recruiting process wasn’t publicized. It was low-key compared to the present.
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The Mon-Valley has put plenty of athletes on Division 1 football teams over the years, including several who made it to the NFL. There are a few Mon-Valley natives playing D-1 ball this season.
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