McKechnie, Bill

William Boyd McKechnie
Born: August 7, 1886, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Died: October 29, 1965, Bradenton, Florida
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1907, 1910-1912, 1918, 1920), Boston Braves (1913), New York Yankees (1913), Indianapolis Hoosiers (1914), Newark Pepper (1915), New York Giants (1916), Cincinnati Reds (1916-1917)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1962

Known in baseball for his expertise on pitching and defense, Bill McKechnie become a highly successful manager and the only skipper to win pennants with three different National League clubs - Pittsburgh (1925), St. Louis (1928), and Cincinnati (1939-40). Deacon led his 1925 and 1940 clubs to World Championships and was named manager of the year on two occasions. His managerial success was sandwiched between 11 seasons as a major league infielder and four as a coach.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Bill McKecknie earned the nickname Deacon because he sang in his church choir and generally lived a quieter lifestyle than most of the rough-and-tumble ballplayers of his era?
He knew how to hold on to a one or two-run lead better than any other manager.
Johnny Vander Meer