We remember Jack McKeon with the 2003 Marlins. We remember him with the '99 Reds. We remember him back in his Trader Jack days with the Padres.
Monday morning, our C. Trent Rosecrans remembered McKeon in his first job as a big-league manager, with the 1973 Royals.
Now let's go back one step further, because Art Stewart remembers Jack McKeon as the Royals' first Triple-A Omaha manager, the guy who made such a good name for himself that there was no question he'd be next-in-line to be the big-league manager.
"He immediately won with the young players we sent him," said Stewart, who has been with the Royals for all 42 years of their existence. "And when players came up from Omaha, they were ready to play in the big leagues. He made sure those guys were major-league ready. When you got a guy from Jack McKeon in Omaha, you knew he could play.
"He just has a knack of getting the best out of players."
Among the players McKeon managed at Omaha: Steve Busby, Buck Martinez, John Wathan and Paul Splittorff.