Kevin McClatchy led the ownership group and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the franchise from 1996 to 2007.
In this role, McClatchy worked closely with the senior management team in achieving the organization’s on- and off-the-field objectives. As the youngest owner in baseball at that time, McClatchy recognized the importance of keeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh and did so with the strong support of the community. McClatchy organized a group of civic-minded individuals and local corporations to save the franchise.
Kevin will be long remembered for building the best ballpark in America. On August 6, 1998, PNC Bank struck a deal with the Pirates to call the new venue PNC Park. On April 9, 2001, McClatchy’s vision of a new baseball-only ballpark became a reality as the Pirates hosted the first official MLB game at PNC Park.
Previous winners of the Chuck Tanner Life-Time Achievement Award have been Dick Groat, Jim Leyland, Steve Blass, Sean Casey and Kent Tekulve.