80-year old Jack McKeon to manage Florida Marlins
MIAMI, Florida (USA) -
Veteran manager Jack McKeon is back at the helm with the Florida Marlins for a second period with the club.
Today (Monday, June 20), the 80-year old McKeon was named interim-manager after Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigned on Sunday-morning.
McKeon, who already was a special advisor with the club, will lead the Marlins for the remainder of the season.
This month, the Marlins won only one game and lost 17 under Rodriguez and Saturday, the team lost its ninth game in a row.
On Sunday, when the team was led by Bench Coach Brandon Hyde, the Marlins lost their 10th consecutive game, losing 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays, resulting in an 1-18 record for the month of June.
McKeon returns to the dug-out on Monday-evening when the Marlins are playing at home against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Jack McKeon managed the Kansas City Royals in 1973-1975, Oakland Athletics (1977-1978), San Diego Padres (1988-1990) and Cincinnati Reds (1997-2000) before being named Manager of the Florida Marlins in May 2003 when he took over from Jeff Torborg.
At that time, McKeon was 72, but he turned the Marlins around and went on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees and with that, he became the oldest manager in history to win the Series.
He retired after the 2005 season.
McKeon, who turns 81 in November, was named Manager of the Year in 1999 and 2003.
In his managerial career, McKeon won 1011 games and lost 940.
With his 80 years, McKeon becomes the second oldest Manager in Major League Baseball-history.
Only the legendary Connie Mack was older, as he managed the Philadelphia Athletics when he was 87 in his last season with the club in 1950.
Mack also owned the Athletics from 1901-1954 and always managed in a suit with tie and hat.
After Mack had managed the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1894-1896, he managed the Milwaukee Brewers (which then was a minor league-team) from 1897-1900, before become the manager, treasurer and part-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901 and went on the head the team for 50 seasons.
In that period, Mack managed 7466 games and won 3582 of them.
With the A's, Mack won five World Series.
In his 53 years, Mack managed in a record 7755 games, winning 3731 (which also is a record).
Before becoming a Manager, Mack played for 11 seasons as a catcher, 1st baseman and rightfielder for the Washington Nationals (1886-1889), Buffalo Bisons (1890) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1891-1896).
In his last three seasons, Mack was a player-manager of the Pirates.
In 1954, Mack (who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937) sold the A's, who then moved to Kansas City and later to Oakland.
...Connie Mack (left)...