Grant Jackson (baseball)
|Born: September 28, 1942|
|Died: February 2, 2021 (aged 78)|
North Strabane Township, Pennsylvania
|September 3, 1965, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 8, 1982, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.46|
|Career highlights and awards|
Grant Dwight Jackson (September 28, 1942 – February 2, 2021) was an American baseball pitcher who played eighteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and Kansas City Royals from 1965 to 1982. He was a switch hitter who threw left-handed and served primarily as a relief pitcher.
Jackson was born in Fostoria, Ohio, on September 28, 1942. He was the fourth of nine children of Joseph and Luella Jackson. His father died in 1960, and Jackson's older brother, Carlos, became a father figure to him. Jackson attended Fostoria High School, graduating in 1961. However, he did not attain the grades necessary to secure a scholarship to Bowling Green State University. There, he played briefly for the Bowling Green Falcons baseball team. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in November 1961.
Made available by the Phillies because of several disagreements with manager Frank Lucchesi, Jackson was acquired along with Jim Hutto and Sam Parrilla by the Orioles for Roger Freed on December 15, 1970. In 1973, Jackson went 8–0, with a 1.90 earned run average (ERA) in 80.1 innings of work in 45 appearances with 47 strikeouts for the Orioles. From September 29 to October 1, 1974, Jackson won 3 consecutive games in relief.
On June 15, 1976, the Orioles traded Jackson with Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendricks, and Ken Holtzman to the New York Yankees for Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan. After the season, Jackson was drafted by the Seattle Mariners from the Yankees as the 11th pick in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft. A few weeks later, he was traded by the Mariners to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Craig Reynolds and Jimmy Sexton.
On September 1, 1981, Jackson was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Pirates for $50,000. After the season, the Expos traded him to the Kansas City Royals for Ken Phelps. During the 1982 season, the Royals released Jackson, and he re-signed with Pittsburgh, who subsequently released him following the season.
In his career, Jackson pitched in the World Series three times; in 1971 for the Orioles, 1976 for the Yankees, and 1979 for the Pirates, and was the winning pitcher for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1979 World Series.
Jackson retired from coaching in 2002. He was inducted into the Fostoria High School Hall of Fame two years later, as part of its inaugural class.
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