September 22, 1946: Bill McKechnie announces his resignation as Reds manager – although he continued to lead the club until September 26. Coach Hank Gowdy was named acting manager for the final 4 games of the season.
With the exception of Sparky Anderson, McKechnie is the most successful manager in club history. His record in Cincinnati was 747-632, with 2 NL pennant winners and a world championiship to his credit. McKechnie turned down several offers to manager in the majors after he left the Reds. He coached for Lou Boudreau managed teams with the Cleveland Indians from ’47-’49 and with the Boston Reds Sox in ’52 and ’53. Cleveland’s 1948 club won the World Series. McKechnie was elected to the HOF in ’62 and he died in ’65.
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