Front Office biographies

Kevin S. McClatchy, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin McClatchy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the franchise. In this role, McClatchy works closely with the senior management team in achieving the organization's on- and off-the-field objectives. McClatchy also holds a leadership position within Major League Baseball by serving on MLB's Executive Council, International Committee and Labor Committee.

Since leading the ownership group that purchased the franchise in 1996, Kevin has been involved with a variety of important initiatives with the Pirates. 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. Maintaining a combination of tenacity and ingenuity throughout a grueling nine-month effort, 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, and on March 31, 2001, McClatchy's vision of a new baseball-only ballpark became a reality as the Pirates hosted the New York Mets in the first-ever game played at PNC Park.

The park has received many glowing reviews from national and local media during its first five seasons of play, including the ranking of "The Best Ballpark in America" by ESPN.com during the summer of 2003. The park has also served as a backdrop for ESPN's 25th Anniversary Show in 2004, for the "NBC Nightly News" in January of 2005 and for major concerts, including Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.

Another example of McClatchy's ongoing commitment to the Pittsburgh region can be seen through his work in bringing the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to Pittsburgh in 2006. He was instrumental in bringing the game and its positive community impact back to the region only 12 seasons removed from the last All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

Kevin is dedicated to supporting the Pittsburgh region. Working with Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting, he spearheaded the launch of the Pirates newly defined charitable arm, Pirates Charities. This new 501(c) 3 organization is dedicated to making a deeper, positive impact throughout the Pittsburgh region, with a special emphasis on supporting youth health, fitness and education.

McClatchy has received numerous awards for his contribution to the Pittsburgh community. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Leadership award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross. He was recognized by the Pittsburgh Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters with a roast in his honor in November of 2004 and by the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Northside Schools in November of 2002. He was honored by the Anti-Defamation League as its Man-of-the-Year, receiving the American Heritage Award in January of 2001. He was honored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his leadership role in assuring the continued presence of the Pirates in Pittsburgh into the new century at the annual Dapper Dan dinner in February of 2000 and was also named by Vectors/Pittsburgh as its Man-of-the-Year for 1999. For his commitment to keeping the club in Pittsburgh and stressing the importance of a new baseball-only venue, in addition to making over 100 speaking engagements in the tri-state area, In Pittsburgh news weekly named McClatchy its "Person-of-the-Year" in 1997.

Before becoming the fifth owner of the storied franchise, McClatchy served as National Sales Manager for the Newspaper Network, a subsidiary of McClatchy Newspapers. The McClatchy family, which founded The Sacramento Bee newspaper in 1857, has more than 20 different newspapers in 10 states nationwide. McClatchy's professional career began at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, where he served as a sports producer. He later joined Knight-Ridder Newspapers and spent four years in the national advertising and marketing department at The Miami Herald. In 1990, McClatchy returned to California, where he ran the daily business operations for The Amador Ledger-Dispatch and continued to work in the advertising and marketing departments for McClatchy Newspapers.


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