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.
'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
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
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 2313
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
...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.