Just how old is Jack McKeon? The Wall Street Journal tells us that in only six steps, McKeon can be connected to the beginning of major league baseball:
McKeon began his baseball career in 1949 as an 18-year-old catcher for the minor-league Greenville Pirates. His manager there, former major-league pitcher Walt Tauscher, appeared in just 23 games in the bigs, but a few of them were with the 1931 Washington Senators, which had a 41-year-old future Hall of Fame outfielder named Sam Rice.
In 1915, Rice's first big-league manager was Clark Griffith, another eventual Hall of Famer. Griffith spent his best years as a player with what is now the Chicago Cubs franchise, whose legendary player-manager was Cap Anson. And he, in turn, hit .356 for pennant-winning Chicago in 1876, the first season of the National League.
Kevin Bacon would be proud.