Kevin McClatchy is the former owner, chief executive officer, and managing general partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1996, he became the youngest owner in Major League Baseball when he organized a group of civic-minded individuals and local corporations to save the franchise and keep it in Pittsburgh.
During his tenure with the Pirates, Mr. McClatchy held leadership roles in Major League Baseball, serving as a member of the Executive Council, Blue Ribbon Task Force, and Labor and International Committees. He was the driving force behind the construction of PNC Park, ranked by several national publications as “the best ballpark in America,” and helped score Pittsburgh’ hosting duties for the 2006 All Star Game and Extravaganza, which still serves as a benchmark for Major League Baseball’s crown jewels. He was named by Sports Business Journal as one of America’s top “Forty Under 40” for three years (1999-2001), and is a member of the publication’s Hall-of-Fame.
Mr. McClatchy has been active in many community organizations, including serving as 2002 chairman of the Greater Pittsburgh Council Boy Scouts of America “Scouting for Food” program; co-chairman of the 2002 Field of Dreams Gala to benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; and honorary co-chairman for the MDA “Muscle Team” event at PNC Park in 2006.
Included in his numerous awards for contributions to the Pittsburgh community are his induction into the western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2008; the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2006; and roasts in his honor by the Pittsburgh Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in 2004 and the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Northside Schools in 2002. He was honored by the Anti-Defamation League as its Man-of-the-Year, receiving the American Heritage Award in 2001; by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at the annual Dapper Dan dinner in 2000; and by Vectors/Pittsburgh as its Man-of-the-Year in 1999.
Mr. McClatchy is currently the Chairman of the Board of The McClatchy Company and serves on the boards of the Extra Mile Education Foundation; Willie Stargell Foundation; Newman Wine & Spirits; Celsense, Inc.; and Civic Science. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is on the university’s board of trustees.