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CLUBHOUSE
CRONICLES

Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
GOLDEN ERA

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MEMORIES
The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
of the '50s

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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
SPORTS BAR
First sports bar featured 12-inch Farnsworth TV.

BASEBALL
HISTORIANS

Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."
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JACKSON'S bat is a Louisville Slugger (model K55) with a signature stamp on the barrel.







CUB THIRD BASEMAN Ransom Jackson used this bat in a series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in September of 1954. In that series the Cubs, took 2 out of 3 from the Redbirds with "Handsome Ransom" contributing three hits in the opener, a 4-3 Bruin win.

RANDY JACKSON

ALL-STAR: 1954, 1955

'Handsome Ransom' played for Cubs, Dodgers and Indians

Dodgers acquired Jackson in a trade with the Cubs in expectation that slugger would succeed Jackie Robinson at third base

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR

IN 1954 JACKSON'S offensive output which included an average of .273 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs -  and his slick fielding - earned him a spot on the National League all-star roster.
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Randy "Handsome Ransom" Jackson began his Major League baseball career on May 2, 1950 with the Chicago Cubs at age 24.

Jackson played for 10 seasons for the Cubs, Dodgers and Indians, and ended his big league playing career in 1959.

Jackson hit 19, 19, and 21 homers in 1953, '54 and '55 with the Cubs. In 1955, he lead National League third basemen in double plays.

The Dodgers traded Walt Moryn, Don Hoak, and Russ Meyer to the Cubs for Jackson and pitcher Don Elston in expectation that the slugger would succeed Jackie Robinson at third base, but after a serious knee injury in 1957, Jackson never again played regularly.

Playing mostly with the Cubs and Dodgers, Jackson had a short stint at the end of his career with the Indians. He ended with a .261 lifetime average, 835 hits, 415 RBIs and 103 home runs. "Handsome Ransom" was a National League all-star team third-baseman in 1954 and 1955.


IN 1955, Jackson lead National League third basemen in double plays.

RANDY JACKSON: Did you know...

...Jackson, in his college days, played football for Arkansas, Texas Christian and the University of Texas. He played in two Cotton Bowls, one with TCU and one with UT, both as a first string halfback. In three years of college baseball he hit .500, .438 and .400.

...Jackson had four hits - including a home run that hit an apartment building on Waveland Avenue - on April 17, 1954 against St. Louis. With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, the Cards lost 23–13 to the Cubs in a National League record three hour and 43 minute game. The two teams combined for 35 hits — including five homers. Bruce Edwards walks twice in the fifth, when the Cubs scored 10 runs.

...Jackson was traded by the Cubs in Dec. 1955 to Brooklyn for third baseman Don Hoak and outfielder Walt Moryn.

...Jackson was purchased by the Cleveland Indians in Aug. 1958 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

...Jackson was traded in May 1959 by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago Cubs for Bob Smith.

...Jackson was released in Oct. 1959 by the Cubs.

...Jackson was born Feb. 10, 1926 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"HANDSOME RANSOM" was with the Brooklyn Dodgers 1956 - '57, and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958.

JACKSON played for 10 seasons for the Cubs, Dodgers, Indians, and ended his big league playing career in 1959.