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Grant Dwight Jackson (born September 28, 1942), is an American former professional baseball pitcher and coach, who played from 1965 to 1982 in Major League baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and Kansas City Royals. While Jackson threw left-handed, he batted as a switch hitter.

Grant Jackson
Born: (1942-09-28) September 28, 1942 (age 76)
Fostoria, Ohio
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 3, 1965, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
September 8, 1982, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record86–75
Earned run average3.46
Career highlights and awards


Playing careerEdit

Jackson attended Bowling Green State University, where he played for the Bowling Green Falcons baseball team.

In 1961, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. He made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 1965. Jackson was named to the 1969 National League All-Star team, but did not appear in the game.

After the 1970 season, the Phillies traded Jackson, Jim Hutto and Sam Parrilla to the Baltimore Orioles for Roger Freed. From September 29 to October 1, 1974 he won 3 consecutive games in relief.

In 1973, Jackson went 8-0 with a 1.90 ERA in 80.1 innings of work in 45 appearances with 47 strikeouts for the Baltimore Orioles.

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, he 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.[1]

On September 1, 1981, Jackson was purchased by the Montreal Expos from the Pirates for $50,000. After the season, the Expos traded Jackson to the Kansas City Royals for Ken Phelps. During the 1982 season, the Royals released Jackson, and he signed with Pittsburgh, who released him after 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.

He also played for the Gold Coast Suns of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.

Coaching careerEdit

Following his playing career, Jackson was Pirates coach in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and a member of the Cincinnati Reds staff in 1994 and 1995.


  1. ^ Joyce, Dick (December 8, 1976). "Pirates Land Southpaw Relief Pitcher Grant Jackson from Seattle". Youngstown, OH: Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press (AP). p. 33. Retrieved November 26, 2014.

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