Jack Armstrong (baseball)
Jack William Armstrong (born March 7, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He is a graduate of Neptune High School in Neptune Township, New Jersey, where he once struck out 22 batters in a nine-inning game, and an alumnus of Rider College and the University of Oklahoma.
Armstrong with the Nashville Sounds in 1988
|Born: March 7, 1965|
Englewood, New Jersey
|June 21, 1988, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 1994, for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||4.58|
|Career highlights and awards|
Armstrong attended Rider University and the University of Oklahoma. In 1985 and 1986, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL). In 1986, he was MVP of the CCBL all-star game, and received the league's Outstanding Pitcher award.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round of the 1987 MLB amateur draft, Armstrong made his big-league debut on June 21, 1988, and appeared in his final game on April 17, 1994. A torn rotator cuff helped end his career at the age of 27. Armstrong was also a member of the inaugural Florida Marlins team in 1993.
Armstrong had the best year of his career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He won eight of his first nine starts and was the National League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. He tailed off, however, ending the year with a record of 12–9 and a 3.42 ERA. He relieved Scott Scudder in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series with the Reds trailing, 4–3. Armstrong pitched three scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics, and the Reds won the game in the 10th inning.
After his career 1990 season, he spent one more year with the Reds, then spent one season each with the Indians, Marlins, and Rangers before retiring.
His son, Jack Armstrong Jr., turned down a one-million dollar signing bonus from the Texas Rangers out of high school in order to play college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores. He was later drafted by Houston and signed for a $750,000 bonus, although injuries derailed his career. Erik, his younger son, played baseball at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
- Coffey, Wayne. "Former All-Star Jack Armstrong hoping to set record straight on steroid era", New York Daily News, December 8, 2007. Accessed August 14, 2018. "Jack Armstrong was born in Englewood, raised in Neptune, N.J. and schooled at Rider College and the University of Oklahoma, where he became a No. 1 draft choice."
- "1990 Topps baseball card. # 642".
- "Armstrong Disarms Mets", The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 1990. "OK, let's get the obvious out of the way. Born in Englewood and a star at Neptune High School who went on to pitch at Rider College and the University of Oklahoma, 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cincinnati right-hander Jack Armstrong fulfills the qualifications for the obvious nickname, All-American Boy, like the fictional character of the same name."