Before taking the field on October 2, 2005, the Marlins are told by an emotional Jack McKeon that he was managing the team for the last time.
After applause and hugs for their 73 year-old skipper, the Florida players respond by rallying in the ninth inning and defeat the NL East champion Braves in the 10th, 7-6.
He did come back however. On June 20, 2011, after manager Edwin Rodríguez resigned, the Florida Marlins held a press conference to announce that McKeon had been named interim manager. In so doing he became, at 80, the second oldest manager in big league history, behind only Connie Mack. He retired again at the end of the season with a career managerial record of 1,051–990 (.515).
“I don’t need this job but I love it”, McKeon said, in taking over a team that had lost 10 straight and 18 of its last 19. He retired after the conclusion of the 2011 season.