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McKechnie Field (BK-6, 1DK-876)


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BK-6, 1DK-876

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) (1969-present) Oakland Athletics (AL) (1968) Kansas City Athletics (AL) (1963-67) Boston/Milwaukee Braves (NL) (1928-40 and 1948-61) Boston Red Sox (AL) (1928-29) Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (1925-27) St. Louis Cardinals (NL) (1923-24) Bradenton Explorers (SPBA) (1989-90) Bradenton Growers (FSL) (1923-24 and 1926) Future Pittsburgh Pirates Class A Bradenton Team (FSL) (2010- )

McKechnie Field is a baseball field located in Bradenton, Florida. It is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is named for Bradenton resident and baseball great, Bill McKechnie. Not only did Pirates as Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski play at McKechnie, but also MLB greats Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Mike Schmidt. McKechnie's nostalgic charms in its city neighborhood appeal to many baseball traditionalists and ballpark enthusiasts, and some consider the cozy facility "Florida's spring training Fenway." It's built in a Florida Spanish Mission style, with white stucco on the main grandstand and cover bleachers over the reserved seating section.

The stadium also has a short history of minor league use as the home of the Bradenton Growers of the Class D Florida State League, in 1923 until 1924 and again in 1926. The off-season Bradenton Explorers of the Senior Professional Baseball Association also played here in 1989 and 1990. The Pirates Rookie Level minor League affiliate Gulf Coast Pirates, formerly the Bradenton Pirates, play their games at the Pirates training facility in Bradenton's Pirate City complex. However baseball officials will vote on November 10, 2009 to allow the Pirates to purchase and uproot the Cincinnati Reds' Class A affiliate, the Sarasota Reds. The team will be renamed, based in Bradenton and play its home games at McKechnie Field. In return the Red will receive the Pirates Class A team, the Lynchburg Hillcats. The new Bradenton team will begin play in the spring of 2010.

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