Lou Jackson

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1959 Topps #130 Lou Jackson

Louis Clarence Jackson

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Lou Jackson played three seasons in the major leagues, in 1958 and 1959 with the Chicago Cubs and 1964 with the Baltimore Orioles. He also had some good seasons in the minors and in Japan.

He hit his one career major league home run on August 3, 1958 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was pinch hitting for Marcelino Solis. Cal Neeman was on base for the Cubs.

His best season in the minors was possibly 1963, when he hit .315 with 31 HR and 89 RBI for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished 2 homers behind Dick Allen for the International League lead and was among the leaders in batting average.

In 1966, Jackson signed with the Sankei Atoms and hit .254/.327/.477. The next year, 1967, he was an All-Star and had his best year in Japan, batting .296/.351/.554 with 28 HR; he teamed with Dave L. Roberts to lead the Atoms and helped integrate Roberts into Japanese culture.

In 1968, Jackson collapsed at home plate one day. He struggled statistically that season, hitting .219/.269/.367. The next year, he died of pancreatitis. An alcoholic, he was known as a hustling, defensively-minded outfielder.

Sources: JapanBaseballDaily by Gary Garland, "A Baseball Odyssey" by Dave Roberts and Tony Salin

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