September 28 – Happy Birthday Grant Jackson

Grant Dwight Jackson was born on September 28, 1942, in Fostoria, OH. He spent his first six big league seasons with the Phillies as a starting pitcher. After getting dealt to Baltimore in 1970, the Orioles converted Jackson into a reliever and he became a mainstay in their bullpen for the next five seasons. In June of 1976, he was made part of an unusual mid season ten-player trade that took place between the Yanks and Orioles. It was unusual because both teams were fighting for the same AL Eastern Division pennant at the time and normally, teams competing for the same flag don’t do deals with each other, much less deals involving ten guys. In the swap, New York sent Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to the Birds in return for Jackson, Doyle Alexander, Ken Holtzman, Elrod Hendricks and somebody named Jimmy Freeman.

Jackson quickly became a key member of Billy Martin’s pitching staff, appearing in 21 games during the second half of that season, mostly in relief and winning all six of his decisions. Alexander was 10-5 that year with New York and Holtzman was 9-7. That means the three pitchers the Yankees got in the Baltimore deal won an impressive total of 25 games during the balance of that 1976 season. After Jackson pitched poorly during the ’76 postseason, the Yankees left him unprotected in that year’s AL expansion draft and he was selected by the new Mariners franchise.

Jackson shares his September 28th birthday with this Yankee center fielder from the roaring twenties,  this one-time Yankee first baseman and this former Yankee pitching prospect.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1976 NYY 6 0 1.000 1.69 21 2 8 1 1 1 58.2 38 11 11 1 16 25 0.920
18 Yrs 86 75 .534 3.46 692 83 291 16 5 79 1358.2 1272 589 523 109 511 889 1.312
PIT (6 yrs) 29 19 .604 3.23 278 2 119 0 0 36 354.1 339 143 127 31 136 173 1.341
PHI (6 yrs) 23 43 .348 3.99 154 70 32 15 4 3 563.1 571 288 250 44 224 431 1.411
BAL (6 yrs) 24 12 .667 2.81 209 9 120 0 0 39 333.1 268 111 104 24 105 241 1.119
KCR (1 yr) 3 1 .750 5.17 20 0 10 0 0 0 38.1 42 27 22 7 21 15 1.643
MON (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 7.59 10 0 2 0 0 0 10.2 14 9 9 2 9 4 2.156
NYY (1 yr) 6 0 1.000 1.69 21 2 8 1 1 1 58.2 38 11 11 1 16 25 0.920
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2013.

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