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Pirates Public Address Announcer Dies

April 24, 1996

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Art McKennan saw the Pirates beat the Washington Senators in the 1925 World Series and Bill Mazeroski’s home run defeat the Yankees in the 1960 series.

He didn’t miss a home game from 1951 until 1976 and saw two unassisted triple plays. The team’s former public address announcer died Monday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh at 89.

By his own estimate, McKennan saw about 5,500 Pirates games.

``He’s one of the last old-timers,″ said Joe O’Toole, retired vice-president of the Pirates. ``I don’t know who has the history anymore.″

McKennan starting hanging around the Pirates clubhouse in 1919 and soon began working there. He was the public-address announcer from 1948 to 1987.

Fans complained in 1987 when the team fired McKennan looking for a ``more enthusiastic announcer,″ and the team rehired him. He retired in 1993.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the John A. Freyvogel Sons funeral home in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

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