Six Degrees Of Separation is too fun a game not to play especially when it involves minor league baseball teams. I’m continuing my posts about all things Kevin Bacon and baseball. You can read my previous posts here: Baseball and Bacon and Idaho Falls Chukars Edition. I’m interning with the Quad Cities River Bandits this season and decided to see how my new team stacks up on its Bacon quotient.
The Quad Cities River Bandits are the Class A affiliates of the Houston Astros. Houston is the home of the Johnson Space Center which was a filming location for Apollo 13 which starred Kevin Bacon.
I might be repeating my previous Baseball and Bacon post a bit for the second chain. Kevin Bacon was in A Few Good Men with Tom Cruise who was in Interview With A Vampire with Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt played Billy Beane in Moneyball. Beane played for the Jackson Mets, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets that were part of the Texas League. The Jackson Mets moved to Binghamton and joined the Eastern League in 1991. The Houston Astros took over the Double-A franchise renaming it the Jackson Generals where the team remained until 1999. Nolan Ryan and his group took over moving the Generals to Round Rock eventually becoming the Round Rock Express. The owners of the Round Rock Express acquired the Triple-A franchise in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and moved that club to Round Rock. The Double-A version of the Round Rock Express moved to Corpus Christi eventually becoming the Corpus Christi Hooks who are an Astros affiliate just like the Quad Cities River Bandits.
This chain starts similarly to the one above. Kevin Bacon was in Footloose with Dianne Wiest who was in a movie called The Scout. In that film Brett Saberhagen made a cameo. Saberhagen was involved in a trade that sent Gregg Jeffries to the Royals. But Jeffries had played for the Jackson Generals which eventually became the Corpus Christi Hooks: an Astros affiliate.
Kevin Bacon was in She’s Having A Baby with Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin is the narrator for Baseball’s Golden Age, a TV series about the history of baseball. Former MLB pitcher Billy Pierce is one of the interviewees/commentators on the show. Pierce threw 300 games in his major league career finishing with a record of 211-169. While playing with the San Francisco Giants, he played with Gaylord Perry who played with Corpus Christi in 1959. Corpus Christi is an Astros affiliate just like Quad Cities.
I decided to try to focus in more on the Quad Cities area with my Bacon quotient and decided to try a different tactic. Kevin Bacon was in Murder In The First with William H. Macy. Macy is married to Felicity Huffman who was in Desperate Housewives where Anne Marie Howard made a guest appearance. Howard moved to Davenport with her family when she was 14. Davenport is home to the River Bandits.
Kevin Bacon was in Flatliners with Julia Roberts who was in Runaway Bride with Rita Wilson. Wilson was in Raise Your Voice with Davenport native Dana Davis completing the Quad Cities cycle.
So that’s the best Bacon number I’ve got for the Quad Cities and it still strengthens the thought that anyone could be connected to Kevin Bacon somehow. Hope you guys have enjoyed this post and I hope to keep continuing the tradition of Kevin Bacon posts. Kevin Bacon approves!