The Midwest League: Bacon Edition

The next league to get the Kevin Bacon treatment is the Midwest League. Here’s a look at what I found.

Beloit Snappers

Link 1) Pitcher Jim Morris played in Beloit as a member of the Beloit Brewers in 1984 and 1985. His life story was made into the baseball movie The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox who was in Party Of Five with Neve Campbell. Campbell was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) One notable Beloit, Wisconsin native is Eugene Lee who has been a set designer on Broadway and has been designing shows for Saturday Night Live for over 40 years where he has worked with many notable hosts including Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Or if we want the longer version for Lee, he also designed sets for the Broadway show Wicked starring Kristin Chenoweth. She appeared on the TV show Glee with Diana Agron. She was in Burlesque with Katerina Mikailenko who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Link 1) Bowling Green, Kentucky is the hometown of movie director John Carpenter. One of the movies Carpenter directed was Escape From New York starring Kurt Russell. Russell was in Backdraft with Donald Sutherland who was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another one of Carpenter’s movies is Starman with Jeff Bridges. Bridges was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon.

Burlington Bees

Link 1) Actor William Frawley, best known for I Love Lucy, is from Burlington, Iowa. One of the last movies he was in was Safe At Home! starring Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Maris was portrayed by actor Barry Pepper in the movie *61. Pepper was in Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Using the same link through *61, Mickey Mantle was portrayed by Thomas Jane who was in Magnolia with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Link 1) Actor Ron Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids. He is best known for his role in Office Space alongside Jennifer Aniston. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another actor from Cedar Rapids is Riley Smith who was in New York Minute with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Ashley Olsen was in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle with Cameron Diaz who was in The Mask with Peter Riegert. He was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Ashton Kutcher is also from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He voiced a character in the animated movie Open Season with Gary Sinise. Sinise was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Yet another famous actor was born in Cedar Rapids. This time, it’s Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood who costarred alongside Sean Astin in the famous trilogy. Astin worked with Kevin Bacon on White Water Summer.

Clinton LumberKings

Link 1) I was only able to really find one link to Clinton and it’s a long one so bear with me. Actress Peggy Moran was born in Clinton, Iowa. She was in the movie King Of The Cowboys with Roy Rogers. Rogers was in the movie In Old Amarillo with Penny Edwards. She was in the Dalton Girls with Merry Anders who was in the 1953 version of Titanic with Robert Wagner. He was in The Player with Tim Robbins who costarred alongside Kevin Bacon in Mystic River.

Dayton Dragons

Link 1) Tom Aldredge was born in Dayton. He starred in the film The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt. Pitt was in An Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who starred in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Luke Grimes is also from Dayton and he was in American Sniper with Sienna Miller. She was in Stardust with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Dorian Harewood was born in Dayton and he was in the movie Assault On Precinct 13 with Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne starred in Mystic Rive with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Allison Janney is also from Dayton and she was in film The Help with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Dayton actor Ken Jenkins was in The Abyss with Ed Harris who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Rob Lowe was also born in Dayton and he was in The Outsiders with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) For our final link, we connect Dayton native Martin Sheen who narrated the movie JFK which starred Kevin Bacon.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Link 1) The Office star Jenna Fischer was born in Fort Wayne before moving to St Louis. She was in Blades Of Glory with Will Ferrell who was in Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in Mr. And Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Molly Hagan was also born in Fort Wayne and she was in the film We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron. He was in Dirty Grandpa with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Fort Wayne native Shelley Long may be famous for being in the TV classic Cheers but she was also in The Money Pit with Tom Hanks. Hanks starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Great Lakes Loons

Link 1) Former Loons pitcher Clayton Kershaw guest starred in an episode of New Girl alongside Damon Wayans Jr. He was in The Other Guys with Will Ferrell who was in Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and he starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Kane County Cougars

Link 1) Actress Joan Taylor was born in Geneva, Illinois, home of the Kane County Cougars. She was in Fort Yuma with Peter Graves who was in Men In Black II with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Lake County Captains

Link 1) One former Lake County Captains player is CC Sabathia. He appeared in a promotional video for the video game Battlefield Bad Company 2. Actor David Menkin voiced the character Preston Marlowe. He was in the movie Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Captains’ alumnus is Scott Radinsky who is currently a bullpen coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. But he is also a music icon playing in the punk band Pulley. One of the bands that Pulley has opened for is Green Day. Green Day guest starred on an episode of King Of The Hill called “The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteberg” and included the voice talents of Mike Judge. Judge also wrote and directed the movie Office Space which starred Jennifer Aniston. She worked with Kevin Bacon in the movie Picture Perfect.

Lansing Lugnuts

Link 1) Actor Timothy Busfield was born in Lansing and was in Field Of Dreams alongside Kevin Costner. Costner costarred with Kevin Bacon in JFK.

Link 2) Matthew Lillard was also born in Lansing. He was in Trouble With A Curve with Clint Eastwood. Eastwood directed Mystic River which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Martial arts movie star Steven Seagal was also born in Lansing. He was in Executive Decision with Oliver Platt who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Peoria Chiefs

Link 1) Actor Tom Irwin was born in Peoria. He was on the TV show My So-Called Life with Claire Danes. She was in Stardust with Robert De Niro who starred in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Camryn Manheim was born in Caldwell, New Jersey but grew up in Peoria. She starred in the movie Cop Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Hollywood special effects makeup artist Tami Lane is a native of Peoria and she worked on The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with James McAvoy. He was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria. He was in the movie Lady In The Water with Paul Giamatti. He was in My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts and she costarred with Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Link 5) Nomar Garciaparra played two games with Peoria during the 2005 season. He guest starred on an episode of Saturday Night Live and that week’s host was Kate Hudson. Hudson was in You, Me, and Dupree with Owen Wilson who was in Meet The Parents with Robert De Niro. De Niro and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Sleepers.

Quad Cities River Bandits

Link 1) Actress Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport and was the main villain in Men In Black II starring Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Davenport native Dana Davis was in Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson who was in A Time To Kill with Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Another Davenport actress is Mary Beth Perl who was in The Stepford Wives with Christopher Walker. He was in At Close Range with Chris Penn who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) One of the River Bandits former players is Jim Edmonds. His third wife joined the cast of the The Real Housewives Of Orange County alongside Heather Dubrow. In 2000, she starred in a TV show called That’s Life with Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn was in Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

South Bend Cubs

Link 1) Actor Dean Norris is from South Bend. He was in the movie Secret In Their Eyes with Julia Roberts who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Norris was also in The Counselor with Michael Fassbender who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) If we want to use another of Norris’ costars from The Counselor, Brad Pitt was also in that movie and he worked with Kevin Bacon on Sleepers.

Link 4) Norris was also in The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller who was in Meet The Parents with Robert De Niro. De Niro and Kevin Bacon were in Sleepers together as well.

West Michigan Whitecaps

Link 1) One former Whitecaps player is Brennan Boesch and he’s married to actress Allison Ochmanek. She had an uncredited part in Iron Man 2 which costarred Samuel L. Jackson. He was in A View To A Kill with Kiefer Sutherland was costarred with Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Link 1) Appleton native and actor Willem Dafoe was in Speed 2: Cruise Control with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

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