New York Times op-ed piece put online Saturday.
McClatchy, 49, tells New York Times columnist Frank Bruni why he now decided to come out:
"I think, with everybody, there’s a time that feels right, and for me this was a time. My hope is that it’s going to be able to help younger kids that want to get into professional sports and feel there are still great barriers. But I think, more important than that, it needs to create a dialogue about major league sports and sort of the void obviously that exists."
A council member for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, McClatchy is well-known in Pennsylvania civic circles. From the UPMC CancerCenter website:
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.
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