Posted by Andy on June 22, 2011
Jack McKeon is the interim manager of the Florida Marlins right now. This card gives you an idea of just how long he's been managing in baseball. This 1973 Topps card (now 38 years old!) is McKeon's first baseball card and it was issued in his first year as a big-league manager. To put the age of this card in a bit more perspective, keep in mind that hitting coach Charlie Lau passed away 27 years ago (in 1984 at age 50). That 1973 campaign is so long ago, that regarding the Royals McKeon managed that year:
- John Mayberry's son is now a big-leaguer
- Lou Piniella retired as a player, became a manager, and retired as a manager
- Ed Kirkpatrick and Paul Splittorff are deceased
- Hal McRae retired as a player, his son retired as a player, and McRae retired as a manager
I love the 1973 set. It's well-known for having a lot of great action shots, such as the Johnny Bench card.