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Jack McKeon

Shaking hands with Jack McKeon (left),
George W. Bush (right) on January 24, 2004.
Manager
Born: November 23, 1930 (1930-11-23) (age 79)
South Amboy, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 6, 1973 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2005 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
Games     1952
Win-Loss Record     1011-940
Winning %     .518
Career highlights and awards
  • NL Manager of the Year in 1999 and 2003

John Aloysius McKeon (born November 23, 1930 in South Amboy, New Jersey[1][2]), nicknamed Trader Jack, is a former manager in Major League Baseball, most recently for the Florida Marlins, where he won a World Series in 2003. When he retired after the 2005 season at age 74, he was the third oldest manager in major league history, behind only Connie Mack and Casey Stengel. He currently works in the Marlins' front office.

McKeon previously managed the Kansas City Royals from 1973 to 1975, the Oakland Athletics in 1977 and 1978, the San Diego Padres from 1988 to 1990, and the Cincinnati Reds from 1997 to 2000. From 1981 to 1990, he served as general manager of the Padres, forming the team which won the 1984 National League pennant.

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Florida Marlins

McKeon was named National League Manager of the Year in 1999 and 2003. The latter award was a result of leading the Marlins, who had a record below .500 when he took the job as their manager during the season, to a World Series victory. With that victory, he became, at 72, the oldest manager to win the World Series, winning against the New York Yankees, whom he wanted to play his first World Series against,[3] having lived in South Amboy, New Jersey[1] and attending Yankee games while a child.[3]

On October 2, 2005, just after the Marlins won the last game of the 2005 season, McKeon announced that he would not be returning the following season. McKeon led the Marlins to three of the four winning seasons in franchise history, but there was a consensus within the organization that a managerial change was in order. Players complained that McKeon was too abrasive, and clubhouse tension mounted as the season soured.

As a manager, he won 1,011 games and lost 940, for a winning percentage of .518, over all or parts of 15 seasons. He is the only manager in Marlins history to date with a winning record for his tenure with the team (241-207, .538 in just under three seasons).

Legacy

As a player, McKeon, a catcher, spent his entire career in the minor leagues. He managed in the farm system of the original Washington Senators franchise, and its successor, the Minnesota Twins, and scouted for the Twins before joining the Royals in 1968 as skipper of their Class A High Point-Thomasville farm team. He led their AAA affiliate, the Omaha Royals of the American Association, from 1969 through 1972, and won two league championships.

McKeon is also the author of two books, Jack of All Trades and I'm Just Getting Started.

Jack currently lives in Elon, North Carolina.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
KC 1973 88 74 .543 2nd in AL West - - - -
KC 1974 77 85 .475 5th in AL West - - - -
KC 1975 50 46 .521 2nd in AL West - - - (Fired)
OAK 1977 26 27 .491 7th in AL West - - - -
OAK 1978 45 78 .366 6th in AL West - - - (Fired)
SD 1988 67 48 .583 3rd in NL West - - - -
SD 1989 89 73 .549 2nd in NL West - - - -
SD 1990 37 43 .463 5th in NL West - - - (Fired)
CIN 1997 33 30 .524 3rd in NL Central - - - -
CIN 1998 77 85 .475 4th in NL Central - - - -
CIN 1999 96 67 .589 2nd in NL Central - - - -
CIN 2000 85 77 .525 2nd in NL Central - - - -
FLA 2003 75 49 .605 2nd in NL East 11 6 .647 Won World Series
FLA 2004 83 79 .512 3rd in NL East - - - -
FLA 2005 83 79 .512 3rd in NL East - - - (Retired)
Total 1011 940 .518

References

  1. ^ a b Caldwell, Dave (October 26, 2003). "BASEBALL; While Fans Headed Out, Steinbrenner Lingered". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/26/sports/baseball-while-fans-headed-out-steinbrenner-lingered.html. Retrieved 2009-09-16.  
  2. ^ Reusse, Patrick (October 18, 2003). "McKeon, young Marlins work magic". Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Tom Kelly and Jack McKeon share the hometown of South Amboy, N.J."  
  3. ^ a b Bodley, Hal (October 27, 2003). "Reality of title beats McKeon's wildest dreams". USA Today: p. 4C. http://usatoday.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=USATODAY.com+-+Reality+of+title+beats+McKeon%27s+wildest+dreams&expire=&urlID=8063283&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fsports%2Fbaseball%2Fcolumnist%2Fbodley%2F2003-10-26-bodley_x.htm&partnerID=1662. "I wanted to have my first World Series in Yankee Stadium."  

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