Randy Jackson (baseball)

Randy Jackson

Jackson in 1953.
Third baseman
Born: (1926-02-10) February 10, 1926
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1950, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1959, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .261
Home runs 103
Runs batted in 415
Career highlights and awards

Ransom Joseph Jackson (born February 10, 1926) is a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) player for the Chicago Cubs (1950–1955), Dodgers (1956–1958; two seasons in Brooklyn, one in Los Angeles), Cleveland Indians (1958–1959), and ended his career back with the Cubs (1959). A book on Jackson’s career, Handsome Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer, will be released by Rowman & Littlefield May 2016.

In his book, co-authored with Gaylon H. White, Jackson tells his life story from his boyhood days in Little Rock and Helena, Arkansas, to his years playing football and baseball at the University of Texas with legendary National Football League quarterback Bobby Layne to becoming a two-time National League All-Star for the Chicago Cubs and playing for the Dodgers both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, where many of his teammates were future Hall of Famers. The book features a foreword by Roger Craig, a former major-league pitcher, coach and manager.

Before Major League Baseball

After a year at the University of Arkansas, he transferred twice, and helped lead the football teams of Texas Christian University (1945) and the University of Texas at Austin (1946) to consecutive Cotton Bowl Classic appearances as a halfback. Playing baseball in college he hit .500, .438 and .400.

The Majors

The Chicago Cubs drafted Jackson and on 2 May 1950, the 24-year-old made his major-league début. "Handsome Ransom" had four solid seasons at third base for the Cubs from 1951 to 1955.

Jackson followed up a slow rookie season (in which he had 111 at-bats over 34 games) with a solid second season, in which he hit .276 with 76 RBI and 16 home runs. He struggled again in his third major-league season, his average falling to .232, with 34 RBI and 9 home runs.

Jackson rebounded over the next three seasons, posting batting averages of .285 (1953), .273 (1954), and .265 (1955). His RBI (66, 67, and 70) and home run (19, 19, and 21) totals also rebounded. Nor did his defensive play lag behind: in 1955, Jackson led the National League (NL) in double plays.

His hitting and excellent play at third earned him consecutive trips to the All-Star Game in his last two seasons in Chicago. In the 1954 game he came off the bench behind starter Ray Jablonski of the St. Louis Cardinals, in an 11–9 loss to the American League (AL). The next season, 1955, he again came off the bench, in a 6–5 win for the National League, behind the Milwaukee Braves' Eddie Mathews.

On the strength of Jackson's five continuous seasons in Chicago, the Dodgers, looking for a replacement for their aging All-Star third baseman Jackie Robinson, traded Don Hoak, Russ Meyer and Walt Moryn to the Cubs for Jackson and Don Elston.[1]

Jackson played off the bench behind Robinson in 1956. Despite having over 200 fewer plate appearances than in his previous year, he managed a .274 average with 8 home runs and 53 RBI. The Dodgers played in the famed "subway Series" against their hated cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series, but Jackson had only three pinch-hit at-bats, going 0-for-3, with two strike-outs.

The following season (1957), Jackson suffered a major knee injury, ending his chances to become a star for the Dodgers. He played off the bench, not appearing in more than 64 games in a season for the rest of his career. He totaled only 8 more home runs and 43 RBIs combined for the next three seasons.

Notable games



  1. "Dodgers trade Don Hoak to Chicago Cubs". The Telegraph. 7 December 1955. p. 25. Retrieved 4 June 2010.


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