» January 20, 1916: The Giants buy Edd Roush from the Newark Tip Tops (Federal League) for $7,500. Roush will hit just .188 in New York before being packaged to Cincinnati, where he will blossom into a Hall of Famer. Along with Roush come the contracts of C Bill Rariden from the Peps, infielder Bill McKechnie, spitballer Fred Anderson from the Buffalo Bufffeds (AKA the Blues), and Federal League star, the colorful Benny Kauff. The total price is $65,000.
» July 20, 1916: The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager, not as a player, but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds, Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage, and a new team nickname will be coined: "Matties." The Reds lose today, managing just two hits off Pete Alexander, who contributes two doubles himself to the Phils offense.
» November 7, 1927: Bill McKechnie, who had been a coach, replaces Bob O'Farrell as St. Louis Cardinals manager, and Burt Shotton moves up from Syracuse (IL) to manage the Phils.
» November 21, 1928: The Cardinals sign Billy Southworth as manager; Bill McKechnie goes down to Rochester (IL).
» July 23, 1929:
The Cardinals decide they made a mistake when they sent manager Bill McKechnie to Rochester and brought up Billy Southworth; they swap them back again.
» October 6, 1929:
Bill McKechnie signs a 4-year contract to manage
» October 15, 1937:
Boston Bees manager Bill McKechnie signs a contract
to lead Cincinnati.
» May 14, 1938: After a 7–6 ten-inning loss to the Cardinals, the Reds file a protest regarding a disputed hit by the Reds Dusty Cooke. Cooke hits a ball that bounced off the part of the RF pavilion at Sportsman's Park that juts out over the playing field. The ball bounces back in play and Cooke reaches 3B. Reds manager Bill McKechnie contends it should be a home run, stating that if it had been hit lower it would miss the pavilion and been a homer. On June 3, Ford Frick rules the game should be replayed as part of a August 20 twinbill. The Reds will win the first game, 4–2, then lose the nitecap, 5–4.
» September 18, 1940:
The Reds clinch the NL flag, outdistancing
the Dodgers and the late-rushing Cardinals. Bill McKechnie's
Cincinnati team makes only 117 errors during the season,
18 less than any previous team. The .981 fielding
mark is the best up to this time. The defense, plus
the pitching of Bucky Walters, Paul Derringer, and
reliever Joe Beggs, brings the 2nd straight NL flag
to the Reds, despite multiple injuries to Ernie Lombardi.
The big catcher went down again September 15th, and
with Hershberger's suicide, the club turns to 39-year-old
coach Jimmy Wilson for some of the backstopping. Wilson
will end up as a WS hero.
» August 31, 1942: Larry MacPhail seeks insurance for the Dodger pennant run by buying Bobo Newsom from the Senators for $25,000. The purchase had been rumored for weeks. The veteran will respond by shutting out Cincinnati 2–0 in three days. [Blanking the Reds is not difficult. Bill McKechnie's team will hit .231 for the season, the lowest in the ML since the Highlanders hit .229 in 1914 and Brooklyn .229 in 1910.]
» February 26, 1943: The Phils sign Bucky Harris as manager. It is the 4th ML club Harris has led, not counting two stints—later 3—at Washington. Clark Griffith, Rogers Hornsby, Donie Bush, and Bill McKechnie have also managed four clubs.
» June 10, 1944:
P Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds is the youngest player in major-league history. Nuxhall, only 15 years, 10 months old, pitches 2/3 of an inning in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He manages to give up five walks and two hits before Bill McKechnie takes him out.
» August 12, 1945: Mel Ott leads the Giants to a pair of wins over the Reds, 3–2 and 6–5. Ott hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap after his homer and another by Danny Gardella leads the way in opener. The Reds Bill McKechnie, desperate for hitting, selects P Joe Bowman to pinch-hit for Vern Kennedy in game 1. Bowman is 0-for-42. He will hit .088 for the season.
» January 28, 1962: Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie are added to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
» July 23, 1962: Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.