The New York-Penn League: Bacon Edition

Aberdeen IronBirds

Link 1) Michael D. Griffin, the 11th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA, is from Aberdeen, Maryland where the IronBirds play. Kevin Bacon portrayed NASA astronaut Jack Swigert in the movie Apollo 13.

Link 2) Perhaps one of Aberdeen’s most famous residents is Cal Ripken Jr. who also owns the Aberdeen IronBirds with his brother Billy. Cal Ripken Jr. was chronicled in the documentary 2001: A Year With Cal Ripken Jr. The narrator was Edward Norton who also played a character called The Narrator in Fight Club alongside Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Auburn Doubledays

Link 1) Model Kelly Brannigan is from Auburn, New York. She worked on Deal Or No Deal with Howie Mandel. Mandel was in an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures  Of Superman with Dean Cain. Cain was in Rat Race with Cuba Gooding Jr. who was in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Batavia Muckdogs

Link 1) Batavia, New York was mentioned in an episode of the Simpsons called The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson. In Season 8, Episode 11, the first order that came through for Marge’s new pretzel business was from the Meat Packers Union Hall in Batavia. Hank Azaria was credited doing several characters in the episode and he interviewed Kevin Bacon for his AOL Original Series Letting Go where he talks about fatherhood.

Brooklyn Cyclones

Link 1) One Brooklyn native is actor Scott Baio. He was on Happy Days with Ron Howard who directed Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Link 2) Actor Corbin Bleu is from Brooklyn and while he is perhaps best known for High School Musical, he was also in the movie Mystery Men as a kid alongside actors such as William H. Macy. Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Like Corbin Bleu, Steve Buscemi is also from Brooklyn and worked with William H. Macy. They worked on Fargo together and Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Chuck Connors aka The Rifleman was also from Brooklyn. He was in Airplane II: The Sequel with Rip Torn. Torn and Kevin Bacon were both in a Season 5 episode of Will and Grace titled Bacon and Eggs.

Link 5) Brooklyn native Edie Falco was in the TV show Oz with J.K. Simmons who was in Patriot’s Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Jimmy Fallon was born in Brooklyn and he was in the movie Taxi with Queen Latifah. Latifah was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Links 7 and 8) Adrian Grenier is from Brooklyn and he was in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep. She was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon. Anne Hathaway has the same link being from Brooklyn and starring in The Devil Wears Prada.

Link 9) If we’re getting even more specific, Arlo Guthrie is from Coney Island, close to where the Brooklyn Cyclones park is. Guthrie was on The Muppet Show for Season 4, Episode 8 alongside Frank Oz. Oz was in Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones with Rose Byrne who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 10) Brooklyn native Norah Jones was in Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock. Kevin Bacon starred alongside and directed Sandra Bullock in the movie Loverboy.

There are a lot of links that can be found through Brooklyn, so see if you can find more.

Connecticut Tigers

Link 1) Norwich, Connecticut is not only the home of the Connecticut Tigers but is also the birthplace of Costa Dillon aka the creator of Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes. It spawned several sequels including Return Of The Killer Tomatoes which starred a young George Clooney. He was in Ocean’s 11 with Brad Pitt who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Hudson Valley Renegades

Link 1) Fishkill, New York native Robert Kanigher was a comic book writer who wrote and worked on Wonder Woman comics for over 20 years. The new Wonder Woman movie has Chris Pine amongst the cast. He was in Into The Woods with Meryl Streep who starred in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Ryan Ruocco is from Fishkill and he currently works as a sports broadcaster in New York and is the secondary TV announcer for the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Bacon has gone to several Brooklyn Nets games thus completing that chain of Bacon.

Lowell Spinners

Link 1) Lowell native Michael Chiklis was in American Horror Story with Kathy Bates. Bates was in About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 2) Chiklis was also in the TV show Vegas with Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox who was in Party Of Five with Neve Campbell. Kevin Bacon was in Wild Things with Campbell.

Link 3) Another link through Chiklis is the movie Eagle Eye where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton was in Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Olympia Dukakis is another Lowell native. She was in In The Land Of Women with Meg Ryan. Ryan and Kevin Bacon were in the movie In The Cut together although his role is uncredited.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Link 1) Director Dominic Sena is from Niles, Ohio where the Mahoning Valley Scrappers play. Sena directed Janet Jackson’s famous Rhythm Nation music video but this connection is through a film he directed called Kalifornia. It starred Brad Pitt who went on to work with Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Linke 2) Sena also directed Gone In Sixty Seconds with Angelina Jolie. She was in Beowulf with John Malkovich who starred in Queens Logic with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Another film Sena directed was Swordfish which starred Hugh Jackman. Jackman and Bacon both appeared in X-Men: First Class.

State College Spikes

Link 1) Pixar animator Doug Sweetland is from State College, Pennsylvania. He was one of the animators on Toy Story which included the voice talents of Tom Hanks who starred in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Joshua Leonard was born in Houston but grew up in State College. He was in The Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen who was in Toy Story with Tom Hanks. Hanks was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Staten Island Yankees

Like Brooklyn, Staten Island has many links to Kevin Bacon. I’ve only included a few below but see if you can find more.

Link 1) Jennifer Esposito is from Staten Island and she starred in Taxi with Queen Latifah. Latifah was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) She was also in The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger who starred in My One And Only with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Staten Island native Alyssa Milano starred in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade. Spade was in Reality Bites with Keith David who starred in Novocaine alongside Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Comedian and Staten Island native Eddie Pepitone was in the movie Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in The Dilemma with Queen Latifah who starred in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Actor Martin Sheen is from Staten Island was the narrator for the movie JFK which starred Kevin Bacon.

Tri-City ValleyCats

Link 1) Actor Robert Fuller is from Troy, New York where the ValleyCats play. He was in Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris for four episodes. Norris was in Dodgeball with Vince Vaughn who was in The Dilemma with Queen Latifah. She was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Troy native is actress Maureen Stapleton. She was in The Money Pit with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) And yet another actor from Troy is Russell Wong who was in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor alongside Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Vermont Lake Monsters

Link 1) Actor Orson Bean is from Burlington, Vermont. He had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives alongside Teri Hatcher. She was in The Big Picture starring Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Will Lyman, best known for his voiceovers on the PBS series Frontline, was in A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas who produced the Kevin Bacon movie Flatliners.

Link 3) Lyman was also the Award Ceremony Narrator in Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. who was in Due Date with Zach Galifiankis. Galifiankis was in The Hangover with Bradley Cooper who was in Failure To Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker. She starred in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

West Virginia Black Bears

Link 1) The Black Bears are technically based in Granville but with a population of about 700 people, it was hard to find anyone notable enough to connect to Kevin Bacon. However, if we travel 10 minutes down the road to Morgantown, we find our connections there. James Hoover was born in Morgantown and went on to become an audio engineer who has won Grammys and collaborated with several well-known musicians including Beyonce. Beyonce was in Dreamgirls with Jamie Foxx who was in Collateral with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another well-known Morgantown resident was Don Knotts. He voiced Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the Disney movie Chicken Little and Steve Zahn did the voice for Runt of the Litter. Zahn was also in You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Knotts was also in the movie Pleasantville with William H Macy who was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Williamsport Crosscutters

Link 1) Actress Trisha Rae Stahl is from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She had a recurring role on Glee as Millie Rose and worked alongside Jane Lynch. Lynch was in a video short called 8 with Kevin Bacon.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants: 4/23/2017

Here are some photos from the Rockies/Giants game yesterday. Enjoy!

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Brandon Belt taking grounders in left field during warmups. (Jarah Wright)

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Tyler Anderson throwing before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Tyler Anderson (Jarah Wright)

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Ian Desmond was out running sprints before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland warming up in the outfield before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland pitching in the first inning. (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon had a leadoff triple. (Jarah Wright)

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Nolan Arenado. (Jarah Wright)

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Jeff Samardzija (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon diving back to first. (Jarah Wright)

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Hunter Pence looks up at Gerrardo Parra’s homer. (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon makes the catch in center. (Jarah Wright)

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Carlos Gonzalez goes after a ball. (Jarah Wright)

The Northwest League: Bacon Edition

Boise Hawks

Link 1) Actor William Petersen graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise before going on to become famous as Gil Grissom on CSI. He also starred in the movie Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World with Steve Carell. Carell was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Petersen was also in a movie called Fear with Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg starred in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Maureen O’Hara lived in Boise. She was in the movie Only The Lonely with John Candy. Candy was in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and guess who had a cameo in that film? That’s right. Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another one of O’Hara’s costars in Only The Lonely is Ally Sheedy. She was in X-Men: Apocalypse alongside James McAvoy who starred in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Director Michael Hoffman went to school at Boise State University. He has gone on to direct movies like The Best Of Me starring James Marsden. Marsden was in X-Men: Days Of Future Past alongside Michael Fassbender who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Hoffman also directed Gambit starring Cameron Diaz. She was in Knight And Day with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) Screenwriter Maggie Carey grew up in Boise. She married TV star Bill Hader but is known for her writing. She wrote the screenplay for a movie called The To Do List which starred Clark Gregg. He was in The Avengers with Mark Ruffalo who was in In The Cut with Kevin Bacon.

Eugene Emeralds

Link 1) Actor Brandon Beemer was born in Eugene, Oregon and he starred in Material Girls alongside Anjelica Huston who shares a birthday with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another of Beemer’s costars in Material Girls was Lukas Haas. He was in Mars Attacks with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) We follow the same chain going through Haas. He was also in Zoolander with Justin Theroux. Justin Theroux was in Wanderlust with his now-wife Jennifer Aniston. Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor Eric Christian Olsen was born in Eugene. He was in Pearl Harbor with Alec Baldwin. Baldwin was in She’s Having A Baby with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another one of Olsen’s Pearl Harbor costars was Ben Affleck. Affleck was in He’s Just Not That Into You with Jennifer Aniston who was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Yet another one of Olsen’s Pearl Harbor costars was Kate Beckinsale. She was in Van Helming with Hugh Jackman. Jackman had an uncredited cameo in X-Men: First Class which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) Olsen starred in a movie called Cellular with William H. Macy. Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 8) Actress Jenny Wade is from Eugene. She was in Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Everett AquaSox

Link 1) Actor Patrick Duffy grew up in Everett graduating from Cascade High School. He was in both the original Dallas TV show and the remake which costarred Jesse Metcalfe. Metcalfe was in Desperate Housewives with Felicity Huffman. She is married to William H Macy who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Murder In The First.

Link 2) Duffy was also in You Again with Jamie Lee Curtis. She worked with Kevin Bacon in the movie Queens Logic.

Hillsboro Hops

Link 1) Actor Kelly AuCoin is from Hillsboro. He was in the TV show Turn with Jamie Bell. Bell was in Snowpiercer with Olivia Spencer who was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) AuCoin was also in The Americans with Keri Russell. She was in Bedtime Stories with Courteney Cox who was on Friends with Jennifer Aniston. Aniston starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Picture Perfect.

Link 3) Another TV show AuCoin worked on was House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. Spacey was in Beyond The Sea with John Goodman. Goodman was in Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) AuCoin also was in one episode of The Following whose lead actor was Kevin Bacon.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Link 1) TV director Michael Uppendahl grew up in Keizer, Oregon. He directed several episodes of Mad Men starring Jon Hamm. Hamm was in Million Dollar Arm with Bill Paxton. Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton worked together on Apollo 13.

Link 2) Another Mad Men actor Uppendahl worked with was January Jones. She was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Uppendahl also directed episodes of Ray Donovan starring Live Schreiber. Schreiber was in X-Men Origins: Wolvering with Hugh Jackman. Jackman had an uncredited cameo in X-Men: First Class starring Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another show Uppendahl directed several episodes for is American Horror Story with Evan Peters. Peters was in X-Men: Days Of Future Past with James McAvoy who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Spokane Indians

Link 1) Actor Craig T. Nelson was born in Spokane and he was in the movie Gold with Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey was in Failure To Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker who starred with Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Link 2) Another costar from Gold was Corey Stoll who starred in the TV show The Strain with Jonathan Hyde. Hyde was in Jumanji with Kirsten Dunst who was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Craig T. Nelson was also in Get Hard with Kevin Hart. Hart was in Ride Along with Laurence Fishburne who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Nelson was also in a movie called Soul Surfer with Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in The Right Stuff with Ed Harris. Harris worked with Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Tri-City Dust Devils

Link 1) Acclaimed cinematographer James Wong Howe grew up in Pasco, Washington. The last movie he worked on was Funny Lady with James Can. Can was in Blood Ties with Zoe Saldana. She was in Takers with Matt Dillon who was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Howe also worked on The Molly Maguires with Sean Connery. Connery was in The Rock with Ed Harris who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Howe was also the director of photography on The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter with Alan Arkin. Arkin was in Little Miss Sunshine with Steve Carell who was is Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Vancouver Canadians

Link 1) Actor Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver and he starred in Vanishing On 7th Street with Thandie Newton. Newton was in Mission Impossible 2 with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Christensen was in Star Wars: Episode 3 with Natalie Portman who was in Song To Song with Michael Fassbender. Fassbender was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Mackenzie Davis was born in Vancouver and she will be starring alongside Ryan Gosling in the upcoming film Blade Runner 2049. Gosling was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor Joshua Jackson was born in Vancouver and he was in Inescapable with Marisa Tomei. Tomei was also in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Even Deadpool himself aka Ryan Reynolds was born in Vancouver. He was in Life with Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal was in Prisoners with Hugh Jackman who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Ryan Reynolds starred with Kevin Bacon in R.I.P.D.

Link 7) Actor Seth Rogen was also born in Vancouver. He was in Neighbors with Zac Efron. Efron was in 17 Again with Matthew Perry who was on Friends with Jennifer Aniston. Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 8) Rogen was also in The Night Before with Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was in Snowden with Tom Wilkinson. Wilkinson was in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

The Appalachian League: Bacon Edition

The next league on my list to get the Six Degrees treatment was the Appalachian League. Here’s a look at what I found.

Pulaski Yankees

Link 1) Former Pulaski coach Tony Franklin coached Joba Chamberlain with the Trenton Thunder in 2007 and 2012. Joba Chamberlain was on Man vs. Food with host Adam Richman. In the 15th episode of the second season, Chamberlain appeared at the Buffalo Cantina in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to cheer Richman on as he did the Suicide Six Wing challenge. Richman also acted on All My Children, which has had actors appear before they were household names like Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar appeared in The Air I Breath with Kevin Bacon to complete the chain.

Link 2) We’ll stay with the Richman/Bacon chain because Richman did an episode of Man vs. Food that was a baseball special. In the special, he visited three different ballparks including “The Joe” in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston RiverDogs are the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees. While there, Richman tried the “Homewrecker”, an 8-ounce foot-long hot dog with up to 25 toppings including chili, jalapeño cheese, coleslaw, pimento cheese, and pickled okra.

Link 3) In this chain we start with former Pulaski pitching coach Butch Henry. Henry got his first major league hit by putting a ball past Barry Bonds in left field for an inside-the-park home run. Bonds was in the movie Rookie Of The Year with Gary Busey. Busey was in The Firm with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) David Justice played with the Pulaski Braves during his first year of professional baseball back in 1985. David Justice was played by Stephen Bishop in the movie Moneyball where he acted alongside Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) College football coach Urban Meyer played with the Pulaski Braves after he was drafted in 1982. Meyer appeared on an episode of The David Letterman Show with singer Ella Henderson. She also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon was in Fever Pitch with Johnny Damon who was on The Apprentice with Vivica A. Fox. Fox has appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien alongside Kevin Bacon.

Bluefield Blue Jays

Link 1) The Bluefield Blue Jays were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles from 1958 to 2010. One of the most famous players for the Bluefield Orioles was Cal Ripken Jr. He was in a film called 1 of 1: Genesis presented by ESPN and Marvel that compared athletes to superheroes. Another athlete in the film is Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk was in a movie called Lords of Dogtown which starred Emile Hirsch. Hirsch was in The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Outfielder Kevin Pillar played for the Bluefield Blue Jays during the 2011 season and is currently teammates with Josh Donaldson. Donaldson has a cameo in the History Channel series Vikings, a show that stars Gabriel Byrne. Byrne was in The Usual Suspects with Benicio Del Toro who was in Basquiat with Sam Rockwell. Rockwell was in Frost/Nixon with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Boog Powell played for Bluefield back in 1959. He was mentioned in the fourth episode of Cheers when Sam Malone says he retired Powell in both games. Sam Malone was played by Ted Danson who was in She’s Having A Baby with Kevin Bacon.

Bristol Pirates

Link 1) Bristol, Virginia is the birthplace of country music and where the Carter Family recorded music in 1927. One of the next generation of Carters is June Carter who married Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash was the narrator for the 2003 film The Hunted starring Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was in JFK was Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Musician Tennessee Ernie Ford was born in Bristol, Tennessee which is the twin city to Bristol, Virginia as the state line runs through town. Ford performed at The Ranch House in Dallas, Texas which was owned by Jack Ruby. Jack Ruby was portrayed by Brian Doyle-Murray in the movie JFK which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm was born in Bristol, Tennessee. He’s teammates with Anthony Rizzo who sang on Saturday Night Live alongside Bill Murray. Murray was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Burlington Royals

Link 1) Actor Tequan Richmond was born in Burlington. He was in Everybody Hates Chris alongside Terry Crews. Crews was in The Expendables 2 with Bruce Willis who was in 12 Monkeys with Brad Pitt. Pitt starred in Sleepers alongside Kevin Bacon.

Danville Braves

Link 1) Survivor villain Johnny FairPlay aka Jon Dalton was born in Danville. He starred in a TV movie called Kill Reality with other reality TV stars including Stacie Jones Upchurch from season 2 of The Apprentice, a show led by Donald Trump. Trump was in 2 Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant who was in About A Boy with Nicholas Hoult. Hoult appeared in X-Men: First Class alongside Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Skip Sudduth was born in Danville. He appeared in Ronin with Robert De Niro was who is Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Staying with the Skip Sudduth chain, he was also in a TV series called Oz starring J.K. Simmons. He was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another one of Sudduth’s Oz costars was Edie Falco. She was in The Addiction with Kathryn Erbe who was in A Stir Of Echoes with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Sudduth was also in a movie called Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was in True Lies with Bill Paxton. Paxton was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Elizabethton Twins

Link 1) NFL player Jason Witten is from Elizabethan, Tennessee. He did a film for I Am Second. Many other celebrities have been in I Am Second Films including Kathy Ireland. She was in Necessary Roughness with Jason Bateman who was in Horrible Bosses alongside Jennifer Aniston. Aniston starred in the movie Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) The link follows a similar pattern as before. Bateman was also in Horrible Bosses with Donald Sutherland. His son Kiefer Sutherland starred in the movie Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Following the similar pattern from link 1, Kathy Ireland was also in a movie called The Player with Tim Robbins. Robbins was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Fox Sports analyst and retired NFL player Charles Davis is also from Elizabethton. Davis has appeared on several Fox NFL broadcasts alongside former NFL star Terry Bradshaw. Bradshaw was in Failure To Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Greeneville Astros

Link 1) Actress Park Overall was born in Greenville and she was in the movie Beer For My Horses with Tom Skerritt. He was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 2) Overall also starred on a TV show called Empty Nest with Richard Mulligan. He was the voice of Einstein in the movie Oliver and Company. Another voice in that movie was Bette Midler who was Georgette. She was in Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Johnson City Cardinals

Link 1) Actor Timothy Busfield hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. He was in The West Wing with Rob Lowe. Lowe was in The Outsiders with Matt Dillon who was in Wild Things alongside Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Busfield was also in the baseball movie Little Big League with Ashley Crow. She was in Minority Report starring Tom Cruise. He was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Busfield was also in Field of Dreams starring alongside Kevin Costner. Costner was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Kenny Chesney is from Johnson City and he was once married to Renee Zellweger. She starred in the movie My One And Only which also happened to co-star Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Gilmore Girls heartthrob Matt Czuchry aka Logan Huntsberger grew up in Johnson City. He was in The Good Wife with Josh Charles who was in Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Actress Constance Shulman was born in Johnson City. She stars in Orange Is The New Black with Taylor Schilling. Schilling was in The Lucky One with Zac Efron. Efron was in Hairspray with Queen Latifah and she was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Kingsport Mets

Link 1) Country music artist Amy Dalley was born and raised in Kingsport. One of her songs, Dream Too Small, was featured on an episode of Dawson’s Creek which starred Katie Holmes. Holmes used to be married to Tom Cruise who starred in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) TV journalist John Palmer is from Kingsport. He joined the Today show in 1982 working with anchors such as Bryant Gumbel. Gumbel was in the movie The Weather Man alongside Nicholas Hoult. Hoult was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Darryl Strawberry made his professional debut playing for Kingsport. He was on The Celebrity Apprentice hosted by Donald Trump. Trump was in 2 Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant who was in About A Boy with Nicholas Hoult. Hoult was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Princeton Rays

Link 1) Actor Kevin Sizemore is from Princeton. He was in Fear The Walking Dead:Flight 462  TV show with Brendan Meyer. Meyer was in Tooth Fairy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He was in Hercules with John Hurt who was in Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another one of Sizemore’s costars in that show is Kathleen Gati. She was in Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon with Josh Duhamel. Duhamel was in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton with Ginnifer Goodwin. Goodwin was in Big Love with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

The Pioneer League: Bacon Edition

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m on a mission to see if I can connect all minor league baseball teams to Kevin Bacon in some way. I started with the Pioneer League since I’ve already done the research and connected him to both the Idaho Falls Chukars and the Grand Junction Rockies. Here’s a look at what I found when I compared Kevin Bacon to the Pioneer League.

Idaho Falls Chukars

Link 1) 50 Cent wore an Idaho Falls Chukars hat in his Wait Until Tonight music video. (See screen grab below.)

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Screen grab from the Wait Until Tonight music video as found on Youtube.

50 Cent was in Get Rich or Die Tryin’ with Terrence Howard. Terrence Howard was in Movie 43 with Hugh Jackman. Finally, Hugh Jackman made a cameo in X-Men: First Class which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) 50 Cent was in Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ with Viola Davis. Viola Davis was in The Help with Emma Stone. Emma Stone was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) We can even trace the chain back to Idaho Falls from Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon was in A River Wild with Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep was in Death Becomes Her with Bruce Willis. Bruce Willis was in Setup with 50 Cent who wore a Chukars hat in his video Wait Until Tonight.

Grand Junction Rockies

Link 1) A movie called The Lucky Ones shot in both Denver and Grand Junction before it was released in 2008. It starred several high profile actors including Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena, and Tim Robbins. Robbins was in Mystic River with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.
Link 2) American Flyers was shot in Grand Junction back in the late 1980s. According to IMDB, a sports physician convinces his brother to train with him for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. The movie starred Kevin Costner who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.
Link 3) Scenes from the movie Starman were shot in Grand Junction before the film was released in 1984. Apparently an alien asked a widow to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona and they made stops in Colorado. Jeff Bridges was the lead actor and he costarred with Kevin Bacon in R.I.P.D.
Link 4) Our final chain is traced through a movie that shot scenes in Grand Junction back in 1950. It was called Devil’s Doorway and starred Robert Taylor. Taylor worked on a movie called The Day The Hot Line Got Hot with George Chakiris. Chakiris is best known for playing Bernardo in West Side Story but also did an episode of Murder She Wrote with Angela Lansbury. Lansbury costarred with Dianne Wiest in The Blackwater Lightship and Wiest was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Billings Mustangs

Link 1) The 2013 movie Nebraska was partially filmed in Billings and the main character of the movie is originally from Billings. He’s played by Bruce Dern. Dern was on the TV show Big Love with Bill Paxton. Paxton was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another link can be made through Dern’s Nebraska co-star Will Forte. Forte was in Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) And yet another link can be made through Dern and Forte’s co-star Rance Howard. Howard was in Chinatown with Jack Nicholson who was also in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) There was a movie filmed in Billings called Little Big Man that was released in 1970 and starred Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman was in Stranger Than Fiction with Maggie Gyllenhaal. She was The Dark Knight with Gary Oldman and Oldman was in Criminal Law with Kevin Bacon.

Great Falls Voyagers

Link 1) Gerald R. Molen was born in Great Falls and has produced various Hollywood blockbusters over the years working on many projects with Steven Spielberg. He even won an Oscar for helping produce Schindler’s List. He also produced Minority Report starring Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) A film from the 1970s called Thunderbolt and Lightfoot starring Clint Eastwood filmed in Great Falls. Clint Eastwood went on to direct Mystic River which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Thunderbolt and Lightfoot also starred Jeff Bridges. Bridges was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) An independent film shot in Great Falls called The Slaughter Rule was released in 2002 and starred a young Ryan Gosling. Gosling was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another notable film to shoot in Great Falls is The Untouchables which starred Kevin Costner. Costner starred in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Helena Brewers

Link 1) Famed actor Gary Cooper is from Helena, Montana. He was in the 1961 film The Naked Edge with Peter Cushing. Cushing was in Top Secret! with Val Kilmer who was in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Michelle Monaghan. Monaghan starred in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Gary Cooper also starred alongside Charlton Heston in The Wreck of The Mary Deare. Heston starred in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet with Julie Christie. Christie was in New York, I Love You with John Hurt. Hurt starred with Kevin Bacon in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

Missoula Osprey

Link 1) Dana Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana before making it as a comedian. He was in The Master Of Disguise with Brent Spiner who was in The Aviator with John C. Reilly. Reilly was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Dana Carvey was also in Wayne’s World with Mike Myers. Myers was in Mystery, Alaska with Burt Reynolds. Reynolds was in Starting Over with Kevin Bacon. It was one of Bacon’s very first roles.

Link 3) David Lynch is a writer/director who was born in Missoula. He went on to direct The Elephant Man starring John Hurt. Hurt was in Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) The Elephant Man also starred Anthony Hopkins who was in Thor with Josh Dallas. Dallas stars in Once Upon A Time alongside Ginnifer Goodwin. She was in Big Love with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Ogden Raptors

Link 1) The TV mini-series The Stand filmed in Ogden back in 1994 and starred Gary Sinise. He was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) The baseball classic The Sandlot was also filmed in the Ogden area. James Earl Jones stars in that film as well as Patriot Games alongside Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson starred with Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers and Ruffalo worked with Kevin Bacon on a small movie called In The Cut.

Link 3)  Con Air filmed at the Ogden airport before the film was released in 1997. The movie starred John Malkovich who was also in Changeling. Changeling was directed by Clint Eastwood who also directed Mystic River which starred Kevin Bacon.

Orem Owlz

Link 1) Allison Holker is a professional dancer who grew up in Orem. She married Stephen “tWitch” Boss who is the guest DJ on The Ellen Degeneres Show. She voiced Dory alongside Albert Brooks who voice Marlin in Finding Nemo. Brooks was in Broadcast News with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Julianne Hough is an actress and dancer who was born in Salt Lake City but started her dancing training in Orem. She learned ballroom dancing at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. She was in the rock musical Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Another one of her Rock Of Ages co-stars was Alec Baldwin. He was in The Departed with Jack Nicholson who was also with Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 4) Yet another one of her co-stars was Russell Brand. He was in Arthur with Helen Mirren who was in National Treasure: Book Of Secrets with Nicholas Cage who starred in Con Air alongside John Malkovich who was in Changeling. Changeling and Mystic River were both directed by Clint Eastwood and Kevin Bacon was in Mystic River.

Link 5) Hough also starred in Safe Haven alongside Josh Duhamel. He was in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton alongside Ginnifer Goodwin. She starred in Big Love with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

These are just some of the links that connect Kevin Bacon to every minor league baseball community in the Pioneer League. Eight teams down as I continue my quest to connect Kevin Bacon to minor league baseball communities across the country.

The Challenge

I was brainstorming ideas for blog posts the other day and it hit me. I’ve connected a few teams to Kevin Bacon before. Why don’t I try to connect them all? It will be a time-consuming process but it should be a fun one. So while I’m researching and finding connections for my next post, you can enjoy a few I’ve written over the past few years. My first Kevin Bacon post was for the Frisco RoughRiders but it’s not online anymore since the archives only go back to 2013 but one day I will repost it here.

Six Degrees Of Separation: Idaho Falls Chukars edition or the article where we connected to Kevin Bacon through rapper 50 Cent.

Bacon Nation or the article where we connected both the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Houston Astros

Royals With Bacon or the article where we connected both the Burlington Royals and the Kansas City Royals

Bringing Home The Bacon or the article that connects the New York Yankees.

Six Degrees Of Separation: Grand Junction Rockies edition or the article where we connect both the Grand Junction Rockies and the Colorado Rockies

It should be a fun series of posts so hopefully I’ll get the next one up soon! Until then, happy reading.

Ball and Oates

I was decorating my office with some signed baseballs I had received over the years and sent a photo to one of my friends.

“Is that your whole collection?”

“No. There are some signed balls that are so special they will never leave the house.”

“Who could be so special that you don’t want to display it at work?”

“Johnny Oates.”

“Who?”

That seems to be the reaction I get whenever I mention his name. Although unless you were a 1990s Texas Rangers fan or a baseball fan in general as he played for five teams from 1970-1981, you might not know who he is. Oates was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1967 MLB draft out of Virginia Tech. He made his big league debut on September 17, 1970 but he wasn’t on the roster whenever the team won the World Series that year. After the 1972 season, he was traded to Atlanta with Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison, and Davey Johnson for Taylor Duncan and Earl Williams. Oates was with several teams throughout the next nine seasons playing with the Atlanta Braves from 1973-1975, the Philadelphia Phillies from 1975-1976, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1977-1979, and the New York Yankees from 1980-1981.

He started managing in the minors in 1982 but didn’t get his call to manage in the majors until 1991 with the Baltimore Orioles. He managed there through the 1994 season and after being let go, he was hired to be the manager for the Texas Rangers. He managed the team from 1995-2001 and that’s how I remember him.

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(Courtesy of Getty Images and The Sporting News)

I was five years old whenever I went to my first baseball game at the Ballpark in Arlington. I had watched Texas Rangers games with my dad and decided that Rusty Greer was my favorite player. So whenever I saw him talking to this guy with an awesome mustache, I asked my dad who he was to which he replied it was the manager Johnny Oates. I watched how he managed the team over the years and grew to like and respect him and his decisions on the field. He led the Rangers to the playoffs for the first time ever in 1996 and back-to-back American League West titles in 1998 and 1999.

That off-season I had the opportunity to meet him as part of the Dr Pepper Junior Rangers Club. He talked about what it takes for a team to come together and that through hard work anything is possible. I remember shaking his hand and him signing my baseball while asking all about how my Little League season was going. To this day, I’ve never forgotten how special that small moment meant to my little heart.

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He resigned less than 30 games into the 2001 season because the team had started the year with a bad record and never managed again. Oates was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, a type of brain tumor, in 2001 and passed away in 2004. He left his mark on baseball being inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Rangers retired his number, and he was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. The Texas Rangers honored the 1996 team this season which was managed by Oates and manager Jeff Bannister talked to WFAA about his impact on the team.

So why does that baseball never leave my home? It’s a special memento from a great major league coach who coached my favorite players growing up and a great man who took the time to give pointers to a Little Leaguer wanting to be just like him.