Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday: former All-Star Danny Jackson

In looking through some of the 20th century cards (that makes it sound more Throwback than 19 year old cardboard) I came across this 1993 Fleer Danny Jackson card.  Jackson was a 2 time All-Star (1988 and 1994) who never really got a lot of credit despite being one of the game's top 20 pitchers every year for nearly a decade.
Fleer unlike Topps didn't photoshop their cards.  If a player got traded they showed him in his old uniform then put a little blurb on the card about being traded.  Danny Jackson was traded by the Cubs to the Pirates for the great 1992 pennant run the Pirates went on and eventually lost in the NLDS to the Braves.  During the offseason he was the first Pittsburgh Pirate to play for the new Florida Marlins franchise being selected by the Fish with the 54th overall pick after the Rockies selected Brad Ausmus with the 53rd pick.  Jackson would never suit up for the Marlins though.  Instead he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993 and became a part of the NL Pennant winners.  He would finish his career with 112 victories (4 of which were for Pittsburgh).  The card above pictures Jackson in his Pittsburgh uniform with a statement that he was traded to the Phillies from the Marlins.  It is one of only 2 cards that feature Jackson in a Pirates uniform, the other being 1993 Donruss.

The Pirates are finishing up hosting their 3 game series against the Marlins tonight and I'm hoping for another Buccos Win as they face off the 36 year old Brad Penny.  Let's Go Bucs!!!

1 comment:

  1. Ive been a sentimental fan of the Pirates ever since P.Alvarez got drafted.I remember watching a special on the day he got the call from Pittsburgh. Always liked Cutch,too.Im a Met fan but I can appreciate a team that hustles and plays with heart.