My favorite tribute to Dave McKenna came during the Red Sox ALCS run when radio announcer Joe Castiglione took time on-air to say a few words about the passing of one of Boston's great, largely unsung talents, who also happened to be a lifelong Red Sox fan. A fitting tribute to someone who, during baseball season, often kept a radio sitting on his piano quietly tuned to the Red Sox game. McKenna was a Boston institution, modest to a fault about his skills, encyclopedic in his knowledge of the American Songbook, and always swinging.
The Celebrity Series never presented McKenna, but we didn't have to - Dave was always playing at the Copley Plaza; or so it seemed.
Here are some of the obituaries and tributes to McKenna: