After an unremarkable playing career that saw him doing time with six different teams in eleven seasons, Bill McKechnie took over as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1922. He originally cut his leadership teeth as the skipper of the Federal League Newark Pepper in 1915, but it was with the Pirates that he truly established himself, winning the World Series in 1925. He would lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the pennant in 1928, and would win another two pennants and the 1940 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. His 1896 wins ranks 13th all-time and he is one of only two managers to win pennants with three different teams (the other is fellow Hall of Famer Dick Williams).
McKechnie is buried in the same cemetery as Paul Waner, who played under “Deacon Bill” when he joined the Pirates in 1926. They are buried approximately ninety feet apart.
August 10, 2010