McKeon (left) shaking hands with President George W. Bush (right) on January 24, 2004
November 23, 1930 |
South Amboy, New Jersey
|1973 for the Kansas City Royals|
Last MLB appearance
|2011 for the Florida Marlins|
Career highlights and awards
John Aloysius McKeon (//; born November 23, 1930), nicknamed "Trader Jack", is a former Major League Baseball manager. McKeon played baseball for the College of the Holy Cross. In 2003, he won a World Series with the Florida Marlins. When he took over as manager of the Marlins in 2011 at age 80, he became the second oldest manager in major league history, behind only Connie Mack.
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.
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, handling Triple-A assignments for the Vancouver Mounties (1962), Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers (1963), and Atlanta Crackers (part of 1964). He then scouted for the Twins before joining the Royals in 1968, one year before their Major League debut, 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. He also managed the Richmond Braves and the Denver Bears during the 1970s.
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, against whom he wanted to play his first World Series, having lived in South Amboy, New Jersey and attending Yankee games while a child.
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 six winning seasons in franchise history, but there was a consensus within the organization that a managerial change was in order.
On June 20, 2011, after manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned, the Florida Marlins held a press conference to announce that McKeon had been named interim manager. "I don't need this job but I love it," McKeon said, in taking over a team that had lost 10 straight and 18 of its last 19. He retired after the conclusion of the 2011 season.
McKeon is a devout Catholic and attends daily Mass, even doing so while his team was traveling during his managerial career. He attributes much of his success, especially the Marlins' win in the 2003 National League Championship Series, to the intercession of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
McKeon is the author of two books, Jack of All Trades and I'm Just Getting Started.
On May 5, 2012, McKeon was inducted into the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements with the Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers, in which he played for in 1950 and 1951 in Gloversville, New York.
McKeon's Grandson, Kellan, is a two-time state champion wrestler for Chapel Hill High School and was the captain of the wrestling team at Duke University.
Major League 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||–||–||–||(Fired)|
|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)|
|FLA||2011||40||50||.444||5th in NL East||–||–||–||(Retired)|
- Bodley, Hal (October 27, 2003). "Reality of title beats McKeon's wildest dreams". USA Today. p. 4C.
McKeon grew up in Perth Amboy, N.J. As a youngster he made repeated trips to Yankee Stadium. 'I wanted to have my first World Series in Yankee Stadium,' he said. 'Win or lose, I wanted to play it in Yankee Stadium. What finer presence could I have than getting the opportunity to manage my first World Series team in Yankee Stadium.'
- 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.
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- "1964 Atlanta Crackers Statistics - Minor Leagues". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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- "The Real McCoy". www.daytondailynews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "A Career Sustained by Unwavering Faith". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-13. (login required)
- Beattie, Trent (2012-10-02). "Oldest Manager to Win World Series Still Enjoys Kid's Game | Daily News". NCRegister.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame". Emerydesigns.net. 1930-11-23. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Jack McKeon managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com