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At 80, McKeon Takes Over Marlins

June 21, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jack McKeon became the second oldest manager in MLB  history when he agreed to take over the Florida Marlins.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

The Florida Marlins will take no chances with the health of new manager Jack McKeon.

From The Washington Post

The oldest big-league manager was Connie Mack, who led the Philadelphia Athletics in a straw hat and suit until 1950, when he was 87. McKeon will wear a ballcap and uniform with No. 25.

McKeon made no mention Monday of Mack, but said he draws inspiration from 84-year-old Joe Paterno, who will coach Penn State’s football team for a 46th season this year.

“I’ve managed since I was 14 years old,” McKeon jokingly said. “I’ll probably manage until I’m 95.”

Actually, McKeon was 42 when he began managing in 1973. None of his current players were yet born, but none objected to the prospect of taking orders from someone older than their grandparents.

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