He also served as a vice president, scouting director and broadcaster for the Expos, and he even had a brief stint as manager, assuming the role midway through the 1981 season and guiding the club to its only playoff appearance in franchise history.
Fanning left the dugout and returned to the Montreal front office after the 1984 season, and he later joined the Rockies as a scout and then the Blue Jays as assistant general manager and ambassador.
The former catcher also played in parts of four seasons with the Chicago Cubs from 1954-57, appearing in 64 games and batting .170/.209/.184.
Fanning was elected into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.