McKinney, Frank

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McKinney, Frank Gender: M
Francis Edward McKinney Jr
born on 3 November 1938 at 19:46 (= 7:46 PM )
Place Indianapolis, Indiana, 39n46, 86w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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Frank McKinney (at the 1960 Olympics)
photo: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He later became a prominent executive in the American banking industry, but died in a mid-air collision of two aircraft.

McKinney was the son of Frank E. McKinney, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a former owner of the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the youngest member of a U.S. national swim team that set a world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay at the 1955 Pan American Games. At the Pan American Games, the 16-year-old high school student also won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke.

He did the most to introduce modern backstroke techniques. Following Yoshi Oyakawa as the premier U.S. backstroker, McKinney was the pioneer of the modern bent-arm backstrokers, even as Oyakawa had been the last of the straight-arm school. McKinney was the leader of a remarkable group of teenagers who won the U.S. Nationals for the Indianapolis Athletic Club alongside Mike Troy, Bill Barton, Bill Cass and Alan Somers. Later, they would all swim for the Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team under coach Doc Counsilman at Indiana University.

McKinney captured a bronze medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and then entered Indiana University.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, he received a silver medal for his second-place finish in the men's 100-meter backstroke. He also won a gold medal by swimming the lead-off backstroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay.

McKinney retired from competition after graduating from Indiana University in 1961, and went into banking. He was the president of Bank One of Indiana (previously American Fletcher National Bank), headquartered in Indianapolis when he died on 11 September 1992, aged 53, in a mid-air collision between two aircraft.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Troy, Mike (born 3 October 1940)


  • Work : Prize 1 September 1960 (Olympic Gold medal in men's 4×100-metre medley relay, Rome)
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  • Death by Accident 11 September 1992 (Mid-air plane collision, age 53)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Traits : Body : Weight (163 lb/ 74 kg)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (Height: 6 ft 0 in/ 1.83 m)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Vocation : Business : Banker/ Financier
  • Vocation : Sports : Swimming (Backstroke)
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)