The 1979 Pirates: Where are they now? |

The 1979 Pirates: Where are they now?

An update on various members of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates:


Player, Age — Update

Matt Alexander (OF), 62 — Lives in Shreveport, La., coaches American Legion baseball.

Jim Bibby (RHP), 64 — Lives in Madison Heights, Va.

Bert Blyleven (RHP), 58 — Lives in Fort Myers, Fla., broadcaster for Minnesota Twins.

John Candelaria (LHP), 55 — Lives in Davidson, N.C., travels world, most recently to Egypt’s pyramids and religious sites in Israel.

Joe Coleman (RHP), 62 — Lives in Lakeland, Fla., pitching coach for Class A Lakeland Tigers, a Detroit Tigers’ affiliate.

Mike Easler (LF), 58 — Lives in Las Vegas, works at a baseball academy called “On-Deck.”

Tim Foli (SS), 58 — Lives in Syracuse, N.Y., manager of Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, affiliate of Washington Nationals.

Phil Garner (2b), 60 — Lives in The Woodlands, Texas, plays golf, spends time with grandchildren.

Grant Jackson (LHP), 66 — Lives in Pittsburgh, active in Pirates’ alumni activities, spends time with grandchildren.

Bruce Kison (RHP), 59 — Lives in Bradenton, Fla., major league scout for Baltimore Orioles.

Lee Lacy (LF), 61 — Lives in Woodland Hills, Calif., works in community relations for L.A. Dodgers.

Omar Moreno (CF), 56 — Lives in Panama, serves as country’s “Secretary of Sports,” overseeing youth athletic programs.

Bill Madlock (3b), 58 — Lives in Las Vegas, runs a hitting school called “The Dugout.”

Steve Nicosia (C), 54 — Lives in Dallas, Ga., works in door supplies and hardware for a company that services Marriott Hotels.

Ed Ott (C), 58 — Lives in Forest, Va., coaches for New Jersey Jackals of independent Canadian-American League.

Dave Parker (RF), 58 — Lives in Loveland, Ohio, owns Popeyes Chicken restaurants, does multiple autograph shows.

Don Robinson (RHP), 52 — Lives in Bradenton, Fla., runs instructional facility “Big League Experience” with ex-Pirate Mike LaValliere.

Enrique Romo (RHP), 62 — Lives in Mexico.

Jim Rooker (LHP), 66 — Lives in Jacksonville, Fla., owns “Rook’s East Side Saloon” in Ambridge, authored three children’s baseball books.

Manny Sanguillen (C), 65 — Lives in McDonald, Pa., owns and operates “Manny’s Bar-B-Q” at PNC Park.

Rennie Stennett (2b), 58 — Lives in Weston, Fla.

Kent Tekulve (RHP), 62 — Lives in Pittsburgh, baseball analyst for FSN Pittsburgh.


Chuck Tanner (manager), 81 — Lives in New Castle, major-league scout for Pirates.

Bob Skinner (hitting), 77 — Scout for Houston Astros.

Joe Lonnett (third base), 82 — Lives in Beaver.

Al Monchak (first base), 89 — Lives in Bradenton, Fla.


Harding “Pete” Peterson, 79 — Lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Harvey Haddix (pitching coach) — Died of emphysema at age 68 on Jan. 8, 1994

John Milner (LF, 1B) — Died of lung cancer at age 50, on Jan. 4, 2000.

Dave Roberts (LHP) — Died of lung cancer at age 64, on Jan. 9, 2009.

Bill Robinson (LF, 1B) — Died of unknown cause at age 64, on July 29, 2007.

Willie Stargell (1B) — Died of complications from kidney disease at age 61, on April 9, 2001.

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