9.20.2009

Jack McKeon, 1989 Topps

Name: Jack McKeon
Team: San Diego Padres
Position: Player-manager
Value of card: Huh? What's that, sonny? Speak up. These ol' ears ain't what they used to be.
Key 1988 stat: 77 years old, 77 games played
Taking matters into his old hands: The San Diego Padres stunk in 1988. They stunk so bad, 77-year-old manager Jack McKeon had two heart attacks and a hip replacement by the all-star break. With his health and patience waning, the former mediocre minor league player decided it was time he step in — into the batter's box.
A geezer playing a kids' game: In the first game after the break, McKeon penciled himself into the seventh spot in the order. "I may be 77 and a chain-smoker," McKeon told the media, "but I'm still a better hitter than that damned Dickie Thon." McKeon went 1-for-4 in his first game, and proceeded to hit .314 in 77 games while leading the league in infield hits beat out with a walker and/or wheelchair.

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1 comment:

  1. Jack looks like he belongs on one of those paintings of dogs playing poker. All he needs is a cigar and a paw full of crappy cards.

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